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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Recipe

I love baking and especially enjoy baking cookies. I have also recently been experimenting with using unsweetened applesauce in my cookie recipes to lower the sugar content. During the holidays, I love making thumbprint cookies and peanut butter Kiss cookies. Last weekend I combined parts of the two recipes to make some delicious peanut butter and jelly cookies that my family absolutely loved. Plus, instead of white sugar, I used unsweetened applesauce to lower the sugar content of the entire batch by almost a third!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • jam or jelly

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  2. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the unsweetened applesauce, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla to the butter mixture.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  6. Shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls.
  7. Place the cookie dough balls about 1-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Press a thumb firmly in the center of each ball to form in indent.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Remove from the oven.
  11. Immediately fill the thumbprint indent with jelly or jam.
  12. Remove the filled cookies from the cookie sheet.
  13. Allow the cookies to cool.
  14. Store the peanut butter and jelly cookies in an airtight container.

Butter for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Brown Sugar for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Unsweetened Applesauce for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Egg for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Vanilla for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Dry Ingredients for Peanut Butter and Jelly CookiesDry Ingredients for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Dough for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Baking the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Baked Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Putting Jam on the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Image Credits

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Recipe © 2018 Heather Johnson
Butter for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Brown Sugar for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Unsweetened Applesauce for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Egg for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Peanut Butter for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Vanilla for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Dry Ingredients for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Dough for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Baking the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Baked Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Putting Jam on the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies © 2018 Heather Johnson

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