Here’s another round of pantry cleaning! The previous holiday made me realize how many jams/jellies we bought and received from friends, co-workers and relatives. We have a lot of jars of jams that are still sitting in the pantry cabinet since April last year! From peach jam, grape jelly, blueberry jam, mango jam, and even cactus jelly! We really ought to start eating them. And since my brother is a huge PB & J fanatic, I figured I could entice him to help me out in devouring the jam by making this recipe.
This recipe is basically using my Peanut Butter Cookies recipe, then topped it off with more peanut butter and jams or jellies. I contemplated on making this as thumbprint cookies, but I changed my mind as it could be a lot of work. So, I decided to form a rectangular shape out of the cookie and just spread as much peanut butter and jam on top of it. Then, once baked, I sliced it into squares. It’s much easier and faster to do it that way.
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup peanut butter (can be creamy or crunchy)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- about 3-4 tbsp of peanut butter
- jams or jellies (any flavor would do!)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Make the peanut butter cookie dough, which is easy-peasy. As long as all the ingredients are in room temperature, you’ll be able to whisk everything smoothly. Check out this post for more instructions.
Cut the dough into half. This recipe can make two batches of the PBJ cookie squares. Take half and keep the other half in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Place the half peanut butter cookie dough into a parchment paper.
Using your hands and with the help of the parchment paper, shape the cookie dough into a rectangle. The height should be about 3/4 inch or so. Doesn’t have to be extremely precise.
Then using a 1/4 cup measurement or a small shot glass, make an indentation by pressing it onto the cookie dough. I started probably about 1/2 inch or so from the edge of the rectangle.
You basically want to create something like this. The process is the same with thumbprint cookies. You want to have hollow space in the middle to place the spread of peanut butter and jelly.
Put the shaped cookie dough into the fridge and let it rest there for about half or so. You can start with the other half of cookie dough.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
To give it a more peanut butter flavor, gently spread about 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter right into the hollow space of the shaped cookie dough.
Using your own preferred jam or jelly, spread it on top of the peanut butter. You can spread about as many or as little as you want.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or so, or until the cookie has a slight brown color.
Let it cool completely.
In the meantime, melt about 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or any chocolate in the microwave. This should take about 30-60 seconds. Place the melted chocolate in a piping bag or a Ziploc.
Once the cookie has slightly cooled, decorate the cookie with the melted chocolate in any way you prefer. Let the chocolate set for few minutes before slicing into small squares.
If you prefer to have a crunch on these smooth combinations, you can replaced the topping of melted chocolate with granola instead. After spreading peanut butter and jam on the cookie dough, sprinkle some good granola on top and press them using your hands or the back of the spoon, so that the granola sticks to the peanut butter and jam combo. Then bake it in the oven at about 15 or so minutes.
This tastes amazing! It’s a real treat for any PB & J lovers. The chocolate on top is also a great pair with peanut butter, so it’s an added indulgence, if I may so myself. The good thing about this is that you can also experiment with any kinds of jams and jellies. It’s pretty flexible. If you find the peanut butter flavor too much, just simply remove the extra peanut butter spread in the filling. Just simply spread jams/jellies. This is easy to make and definitely a great way to indulge one’s self!