Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints


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.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints

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.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies with a jam topping.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies are made with a few simple ingredients and can be filled with your families favorite jelly!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 25 servings
Calories 206 kcal


  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon 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.


To store any leftover peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies, place in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 132IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints

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