Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies: After-School Snack

My kids can’t have peanut butter or tree nuts at school, but they can have them at home. Since my kindergartner has been missing his PB&J sandwiches, I thought it’d be fun to provide him an after-school snack in cookie form with our favorite peanut butter cookies from earlier.

It’s funny how peanut butter and jelly seems to be one of those fabulous combinations that is associated with kid-friend fare. I don’t know what it is that makes the creamy, thick peanut butter combined with sweet berry-laden jelly that makes kids go ga-ga over…okay. It’s because it’s just plain good.

The key to making these sandwiches kid-friendly is slightly warming the jam. Once you have done that, it will create a seal on the outside so that the jam isn’t sticky to the touch around where it peaks out the side. It is, however, luscious and sweet and holds those cookies together perfectly.

And if peanut butter and jelly isn’t your thing, check out these Do-Si-Dos to relive the Girl Scout cookie magic long after the Girl Scout Cookies are gone.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

1 recipe peanut butter cookie dough
1/2 cup no sugar added jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll cookies into 1/2″ balls. Roll in sugar, place on baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Heat jam over a medium heat in a small saucepan. When the jam is melted, turn the heat off and allow to cool slightly. Place half of the cooled cookies bottom side up and drop a small dollop of jam in the center of each. When you get to the end, place a second peanut butter cookie over the top of the other.

Important note: Melted jam can burn your skin. By doing all the cookies at once, you give the jam a chance to start to set up on the bottom cookie, which will give better results than trying to sandwich them both when the jam is just off the burner.

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