Friday, July 30, 2010

PB Day 26 - The Famous Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Amy, you're early today!

Yeah, stuff to do. Make hay while the sun shines, right?

You're making hay?!?

Nah, Dude. It's a...well, it's just a country expression about wasting time. I''ve got ice cream, cakes, cookies, cakes, cakes, cookies, a long list, gotta get moving.

And you had time to make something for us?

Sure I did! Actually, it's one of those 2 Birds with the 1 Stone thing...

I messed around with my grandmother's thumbprint cookies and came up with these. They're a Peanut Butter and Jelly cookie.

They've turned my cousins into addicts. My PLAN IS WORKING!!!! Now I just need to hook some others and I'll have a little cookie empire.

Here's how I make them.

This is what happens when you take butter, sugar, vanilla and flour and mix it together:
Then scoop it out onto a baking sheet. There's my old stand-by cookie scoop...

Now you press an indentation in the dough with your thumb...

Hence the name: thumbprint cookies.

Yeah, Amy. We got that.

This recipe makes 24 cookies. Every time. Never fails me. Always 24.
I took a mustard bottle (yes, OCD-ers, it has a ketchup lid) and filled it with grape jelly. I cut a little of the end off, and then fill the indentation with jelly.
If you don't have a mustard bottle with a ketchup lid, you can just spoon a small amount of jelly into the cookie indentation.

Now. We. Bake.
375, 15 minutes or so... I just would like to point out that I burnt my thumb taking these out.Does Blogspot have Worker's Comp?

While they're cooling, take about 1/2 cup of peanut butter and add about 2 tbsp of veg oil.

Melt it in the microwave...about 15 seconds...until the peanut butter is runny
Lay the cookies on foil or wax paper and drizzle the peanut butter over the thumbprint cookies...
Looks fun, right? It's my favorite part.

Let them cool, the peanut butter will solidify so you can stack them.

Ugh, my friend John wants 24, so I can't eat any...

But I can put them on a plate and pretend, right?

Now you know how I make these. Do you think Rachael Ray would make these her "Snack of the Day?"

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup grape jelly (approximate)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla. Mix in flour until a soft dough forms. Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the middle of each dough ball. Fill the indentation with a small amount of grape jelly.
Bake 13-15 minutes. Place on wax paper or foil to cool.
Melt the peanut butter and vegetable oil together in the microwave, about 15 seconds. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the cooled cookies. Allow to set.

And eat them. Or give them to your best friend. Or your cousins. Or Rachael Ray. Just please tell Rachael Ray where you got the recipe, okay?

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE peanut better and I especially love any kind of cookie that uses Peanut butter!! I found your blog on foodbuzz and I am so glad I did! I was really wanting to bake cookies last night so I took your recipe and change a couple of things and had a BLAST being creative with the centers. I called them "Gem Cookies Gone Wild". I posted a blog about it and I hope you will check it out. I also hope it helps bring you some traffic! Thanks for posting!

    Here is the link: