March 15, 2017

Peanut butter & jelly thumbprint cookies

Peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies on parchment paper.

Peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a delicious dessert or snack for fans of peanut butter and jelly. 

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If you love peanut better and jelly, then these are cookies for you! These peanut butter cookies are turned into thumbprint cookies and your favorite jelly (or jam) is added the the center.
Serving plate with peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies.
Thumbprint cookies are a favorite of mine, especially these walnut and jam ones that I make every year for Christmas. Those cookies are a holiday staple for our family. These peanut butter and jelly ones are more for anytime of the year.
What are thumbprint cookies? They are a cookie that you partially bake and then use your thumb (or the stick end of a wooden spoon) to create a well that you fill and then finish baking. In this recipe, the peanut butter cookies are filled with jelly or jam. 
I used raspberry jam in about half of these cookies, and grape jelly in the other half. Both are delicious. Strawberry jam is another favorite and blueberry or mixed berry would be great choices, too. 
You can use whatever your favorite jam or jelly is to eat with peanut butter. My favorite is strawberry jam! I like the texture that jam has and the pieces of fruit in it. 
These cookies are terrific for an after school snack or to bring to a party or potluck. They are also nice to have around for a special weeknight dessert. They go well with a very cold glass of milk.
Close-up of peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies.
When making peanut butter cookies, I like to use a creamy peanut butter and not one of the all-natural ones that need to be stirred. This helps the peanut butter to smoothly combine into the cookie dough.

When baking these cookies, you'll want to line with baking sheets with parchment paper, or silicone baking mats. These will prevent the cookies from sticking to the pan, and also help to prevent any leaking jam or jelly from scorching to the pan. 

Thumbprint cookies on a plate with grape jelly and raspberry jam filling.

Make a batch of these cookies for your pb&j fans (or for yourself)! They are a cookie that has always been a hit when I've made them.

Yield: 2-1/2 dozen cookies
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookie

Peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a delicious dessert or snack for fans of peanut butter and jelly.


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • your favorite jam, jelly, and/or preserve(s)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour though salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer (or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment), beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter and egg, and then the vanilla.
  4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just incorporated.
  5. Using a tablespoon cookie scoop to gather the dough. Roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 7 minutes.
  6. Then remove and print each cookie with your thumb, trying to make a round well. Fill each well with about 1/2-1 teaspoon jelly.
  7. Return to the oven and bake for another 9-11 minutes, until the bottom and sides are just golden.
  8. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove the cookies to a wire rack to continue cooling. Repeat until all dough has been used.
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Finished peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies.

This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other cookie recipes:

Butterscotch Pudding Cookies

Maple Walnut Cookies

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Lemon Pudding Cookies 


  1. They are by far my favourite cookies!

  2. YUM....I need to not read these posts before breakfast, it makes for a soggy keyboard.

  3. Love these cookies! And yours look like perfection. When I was a kid my mom always made these for Christmas. Nowadays we make them whenever the craving hits -- which is often! :-)

  4. This is way up there on my list of favorite cookies! And this would definitely be a favorite with the kids in the family. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Those cookies look and sound amazing! It's the perfect combination!

  6. These cookies remind me of the cookies my mom would make for Christmas for my Dad! Love it!

  7. The husband doesn't like peanut butter cookies but they are my favorite! But them adding a little jam in the center might just change his mind because he does love PB&J sandwiches. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Such pretty cookies! They look delicious!

  9. Aren't these a kid's delight!!! Just apt with a tall glass of cold milk...

  10. Freaking LOVE thumbprints. You've made them better with PB!!

  11. Amy peanut butter and jam thumbprint cookies are my to do list too. Don't know if I'll get round to baking them soon with my healthy eating resolution:) However, in the meantime will just have to look at the photos of your preparation and drool.

  12. it would be dreadful to have a peanut allergy--what a treat to miss out on! glad your twins took it well. :)
    love these cookies and that classic combination!

  13. A perfect cookie for the challenge. I like that you picked grape jelly, too.

  14. what fun cookies! we introduced pb to our little guy recently too. fortunately he did fine as well!

  15. I love all things PB&J ♥
    I'll have to bake your cookies! I've made a few different PB&J cookies already and can't pick a favorite - they're all so good!
    Hope you're well :)


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