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Everyone’s familiar with that childhood staple: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But what if you could make your own peanut butter and jelly cookies? It’s time to switch up a lunchbox favorite by adding a sophisticated edge with a whole new take on PB&J.

My favorite office perks are the homemade soups and cookies served every day in the cafe. I was smitten with the peanut butter and jelly cookies they served a couple weeks ago, so I begged them to make the recipe again and let me photograph the process. My job was to set up the presentation of the cookies (and quality control testing).

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It was also a great excuse to pick up a few baking essentials from HomeGoods. Fresh cookie sheets, colorful utensils and pretty serving platters always make me smile!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup jam of choice

Directions:

I’m a visual learner, so follow along with these photos from the kitchen. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Beat the peanut butter and butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugars, and beat until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low.

Then add dry ingredients, and mix until combined.

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Scoop level tablespoons of dough and form them into balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and transfer them to parchment-lined baking sheets.

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Space each ball about 2 inches apart from the others.

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Bake until the cookies are puffy (about 10 minutes). Remove them from the oven, and make indentations in the centers.

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If you’d like to offer a variety of fillings, grab a bag of chocolates and add them to half of the batch. Return to the oven, and bake until edges are golden (around 6 to 7 minutes longer).

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Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of jam or jelly into each indentation.

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Presentation

This was the fun part! We set our cookies up in the dining room on a variety of platters.

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Happy dishtowels softened the presentation and added a spot of color and fun.

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First, I tested the jelly cookies. They were awesome!

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Then, I tested the chocolate cookies. Also great. (I think more field testing is required!)

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These are by far the the best cookies I’ve ever had, and they also pass my mom’s test of presentation.

What a fun, unexpected treat to serve at your next party! It’s sure to please all ages!

What’s your favorite recipe for a delicious dessert? Share your ideas in the comments!

Susan Jensen Smith is a Web Producer for Fine Gardening Magazine and a blogger at Your Home Only Better. She loves projects that solve décor problems for practical home enthusiasts and believes decorating should be fun! (Join her on PinterestInstagramFacebook and Twitter.)


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