Monday, November 9, 2009

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

A recipe that caught my eye last month in MS Living. They are a variation on a thumb print cookie, only in this recipe, the jam/preserves aren't baked with the cookie. Recipe below.
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 stick of butter
1/3 c packed light-brown sugar
1/3 c of regular sugar - and put about a 1/4 c on a plate for rolling the cookies
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 jam (I used raspberry)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat peanut butter and butter on low speed. Add sugars, beat until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake about 10 minutes - cookies will be puffy. Remove from oven and make indentations with the handle end of a wooden spoon. (This indentation will grow a bit larger while the cookies finish baking) Put cookies back in oven for about 6 minutes, until edges are golden. Cool on wire racks. Heat jam in the microwave for a few seconds until it loosens up. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation.

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