Peanut. Peanut butter and jelly! They make the perfect pair. Just like these Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies. These peanut butter cookies filled with jam are the perfect way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day tomorrow!
January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day! “Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households and the average person consumes more than six pounds of peanut products each year. Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men go for the chunky variety.
George Bayle, a St. Louis snack food maker, started making peanut butter in the 1890s. For many years, manufacturers struggled with the oil separating from the grainy solids of the peaut butter. In 1923 Heinz became the first company to homogenize the peanuts into the spreadable butter we know and love today. Before long peanut butter was a classic American food.” (Punchbowl)
We love peanut butter and jelly in this house! I get asked by Anthony almost every day if he can have a slice of toast with peanut butter and jelly or an English muffin with PB and J. Peanut butter and jelly on an English muffin make a great late night snack too!
Rather than just spreading some peanut butter and jelly on toast, I wanted to embrace the combination of flavors. My mind drifted back to an old episode of Master Chef Junior, and one of the kiddos made PB and J cookies, so I dug out an old recipe for peanut butter cookies, and started baking!
As soon as Anthony heard what was going on in the kitchen and what I was baking, he immediately jumped on the opportunity to help. AKA mixing the ingredients and then walking off with the spoon in hand eating cookie batter. My assistant doesn’t usually stay too long, but I always enjoy the time we spend together cooking.
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar, to roll cookies in
1/2 cup strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
In the base of your stand mixer or in a large bowl, beat butter, white sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy – about 2 minutes.
Mix in peanut butter. Beat for another 30 seconds. Mix in egg and vanilla. Beat another 30 seconds.
Starting and ending with flour mixture, slowly add flour. Beat for another 30 seconds until completely mixed in.
On a sheet tray lined with parchment place 1 tbsp balls of cookie dough about 1” apart. Roll balls in sugar and with your thumb or the back of a wooden spoon, gently press a thumbprint into the center of each cookie.
Bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Once completely cool, carefully spoon 1 tsp jam into the thumbprint on each cookie.
Click the link below for the free printable version of this recipe.
The peanut butter love doesn’t have to end with cookies. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy peanut butter on National Peanut Butter Day. Our favorite savory dish with peanut butter is Chicken Satay with a Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce!