PB&J Cookies

Friday, January 27, 2012


Can I be honest? This winter is finally getting to me. Even though we have had such a mild winter (thank God!) I can still feel the dark, short, gloomy, days settling in. 

How I give myself a boost? 

Vitamin D supplements and baking. 

Now I am not a very seasoned baker. In fact, not too long ago I tried to make a boxed cake and messed it up. Who knew cakes couldn't be baked in casserole dishes? I guess you probably knew that. 



But to make a long story short, I am really finding pleasure in making baked goods; hence, these peanut butter and jelly cookies. 

The good thing about these cookies (besides being delicious) is that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. No market trip, always a plus! 

If you don't care for jelly, you could always add in chocolate chips or a little sea salt. Just a thought. 

And these cookies are just as delicious without the bells and whistles. That's how I like my sweets; classic and plain. 

So I went ahead and munched on a couple of these peanut butter beauties sans any toppings. 

Boy their good. 

But they're also good with the jelly glaze. Decisions, decisions. 


ingredients 
cookies
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 
1 cup peanut butter at room temperature (I used smooth)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
glaze 
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup favorite jelly 

Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 
In another large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter together until fluffy. Add in the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Add in milk and vanilla extract. 
Slowly add in flour mixture and beat thoroughly. 
Using a teaspoon or ice cream scooper place rounded cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets. Leave several inches between the cookies. Using a fork, lightly press down in the middle of the cookie to flatten slightly. 
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Cookies may appear to be undone but they are not. 
Cook cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute and then remove to a rack to cool completely. 
{Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen}

While cookies are cooling bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar until dissolved. Next add in jelly until you get a syrupy glaze (about 1/4 cup). Mix and cool. 
Pour over cookies. 



Enjoy! 



16 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures, they're enough to lift the gloom of even the most dismal January day!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathryn! Hope you have a great weekend.

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      Jen

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  2. LOVE the pictures, the spoon, and these cookies!

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    1. Haha thank you Marina!! Have a great weekend!!

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      Jen

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  3. What a scrumptious looking cookie. I so miss a a good peanut butter cookie. Sadly my husband hates peanut butter and I'd hate to only make cookies for myself, as I'd eat them all. I can only dream of their delicious taste from this side of the computer!

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    1. I think your husband is the first person I've ever heard of that doesn't like peanut butter! Haha yes, they are too dangerous to keep them in the house. I had to send them to work with my husband. Have a great weekend Teaka!

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      Jen

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  4. So beautiful. And I imagine that they are quite comforting as well.


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    1. Thank you so much!

      Just check out your magazine by the way. LOVE it! Definitely making that rotisserie chicken recipe.

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      Jen

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  5. I much prefer cooking to baking as well. Baking has way too much science involved. These look delicious!

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    1. Way too much science... Thanks for the nice comment ! Hope you had a great weekend.

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      Jen

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  6. Jen, your blog looks fabulous! I love your pictures and these biscuits and I'll be back very soon! Have a nice week!

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    1. Thank you so much Katia! Love your site as well!

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      Jen

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  7. these look fantastic!!!!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

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  8. yum!! I just made nobake PB&J thumbprints last week...I love your liberal use of jelly! I love jelly and like LOTS of it like you do :)

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  9. Nobake PB&J thumbprints?! These sound delicious... as do all your recipes ; )

    Have a great week Averie!

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    Jen

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