Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

5 from 8 votes

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Peanut butter and jelly cookies – a fun spin on traditional peanut butter cookies, and the best way to enjoy that classic peanut butter and jelly combo. Pair these peanut butter and jelly cookies with a tall glass of milk and you’ll have a protein-fueled snack filled with irresistible flavor. 

8 Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies on a blue plate with a glass of milk on the side.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

There’s a good reason that peanut butter and jelly is a classic combination—the flavors work perfectly together! These Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies are certainly no exception. This is the perfect treat for the PB & J lover, and a fun take on a basic peanut butter cookie.

As the cookies bake, the jelly expands with them and you have a nice little sweet, chewy layer. The jelly center doesn’t overwhelm the peanut butter cookie, which is nice. It actually balances out the flavor of the peanut butter cookie really well– just like a PB & J sandwich.

This perfectly chewy peanut butter cookie has a little smack of jelly in the middle, and are perfectly soft and decadent. Plus, these cookies are simply beautiful AND simple to make, too!

The Perfect After-School Snack or Lunchbox Treat

These peanut butter and jelly cookies are a great little after-school snack to serve the kiddos for a fun treat. Or, you could add these cookies in as a fun “lunch dessert” in their lunchboxes and secure your place as the coolest mom of all time. Can’t you just see the grin on their little faces?

What’s the Best Jelly to Go With Peanut Butter?

For the centers of these cookies, I used the new Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Concord Grape Jelly. If you’re like me, when I picture PB & J sandwiches (or cookies) I think of traditional grape jelly as the center.

I like using the “Fruit & Honey” variety because it gives it a more natural flavor and cuts down on the excess sugar in the jelly, particularly since the peanut butter cookie recipe itself already has a fair amount of sugar!

If you haven’t tried the new Smucker’s Fruit & Honey spreads, you really ought to give them a try! I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I first tried them, thinking that they would be sticky and taste too much like honey, but they honestly just taste like regular jelly (or jam, depending on which one you try). The most dominant flavor is still the berry flavor (just like jelly or jam) and that just complements the natural flavor of the honey. You are going to love it!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies on a light blue plate.
8 Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies on a blue plate with a glass of milk on the side.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

5 from 8 votes
These Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies are a fun, new take on traditional peanut butter cookies. My kids actually like them BETTER than the regular kind.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Servings 24



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth.
  • Add the egg and mix well.
  • Add the milk and the vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly.
  • Make dough into balls (about 1 ½ tablespoons or a traditional-sized cookie scoop) then place onto ungreased cookie sheet, leaving several inches between for expansion.
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon or your thumb, press a hole into the top of each ball.Do not flatten out. Keep the dough round. It will expand.
  • Place about ½ teaspoon of jelly into each hole so the jelly just fits in the hole.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.
  • Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 128IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Totally agree that this is such a fun take on the traditional peanut butter cookies. It was a hit at home. You can’t ever go wrong with the PBJ combo.

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies are so addicting and very yummy! My husband and daughter were all over these. Very excited to make these delicious cookies again!

  3. 5 stars
    A classic flavor combo. Loved every one I ate. My kids loved them too. Such a great idea for a cookie! Thanks

    1. Yes you can freeze them! I would freeze them on a baking tray for about an our, uncovered. Then, after that I would put them in ziplock bags or airtight containers to store in the freezer. Hope this helps!

  4. While “sheltering at home” with not one sweet thing to eat on Easter weekend, I decided to make peanut butter cookies, since everyone has those ingredients in the pantry. Then I thought, wonder if there’s such a thing as a peanut butter and jelly cookie. A new invention! Well, I guess not, as you beat me to it, and I’m happy about that! Recipe is terrific, but I must be old, because it took me a lot longer to make these! Ten minute prep, I don’t think so, took me that long to assemble ingredients, then mix all, form the balls, make the little holes for jam, carefully put the jam in the holes, etc. actually so funny, and since they’re just delightful, I will do it again. Just don’t make any other plans for the afternoon! 😜Thanks, Sharon