Day 4 of the 12 days of Christmas cookies are these peanut butter & jelly thumbprint cookies. You know that I love me some peanut butter so of course that had to be included in my Christmas cookie collection. I used strawberry jelly for my thumbprint cookies, but your favorite will do. Grape would be pretty darn tasty too.
I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but after I finished baking all 12 batches of the cookies (that’s not counting all the test batches) we were burnt out on cookies. Well, other than sugar cookies that we’re getting ready to
eat make. My little family came home to visit my parent’s and had the surprise of my brother being home. I almost fell over when I spotted him sitting in the recliner. So, I thought my mama and I could listen to some Christmas music and bake like we do every year. Normally we do it with my son, niece and nephews, but it will just be my son this year. The boy loves to bake with his mama though. Shh.. don’t tell him but we got him a black easy bake oven for Christmas. Why is it that the stores don’t carry the boy..ish easy bake ovens in the stores? I can’t get away with buying him a pink one, but his dad is cool with a black or even blue one.
Okay okay. I am done ranting. Sooo.. if you’re wanting to check out the 3 Christmas cookie recipes I posted before this one, we have chocolate drop sugar cookies, molasses sugar cookies and mint kiss meringue cookies. The mint kiss meringue cookies are so freaking delicious.
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup shortening
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 1 + ¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
- 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup strawberry jelly
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the butter, shortening and peanut butter. Mix on medium until combined.
- Add in the 1 cup of granulated sugar and vanilla bean paste. Mix until light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
- Add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until a dough ball forms.
- Scoop the cookies out using a cookie scoop. Roll the dough ball between your two palms.
- Place the remaining ¼ cup of granulated sugar in a shallow little bowl.
- Roll the dough balls into the sugar.
- Press down the center of the dough to form the thumbprint.
- Place a teaspoon (or more depending on how big of a thumbprint you made) of jelly into the hole.
- Place into the oven and bake for 12 - 14 or until done. Place on a cooling rack to cool. If you need the jelly spread out more, gently spread out with a toothpick.