Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

I wanted to try this recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies to see if it would be an easy way to get my kids to eat something (anything) for lunch.  Probably less of a lunch idea and more of snack, as it turns out.  In real life, this is definitely a cookie.  Oh well.  I adapted it from this recipe.  You may notice that my version isn't nearly as healthy as the original...)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies 

What I used:
1/4 cup butter (PS - I hate margarine for cooking)
1/4 cup peanut butter (Choosy mom's choose JIF! right?)
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash of salt
strawberry jelly  - as much as you want here

(side note: have you googled the difference between a little t and a big T in a recipe? I have. Little t is teaspoon.  Big T is tablespoon... apparently. I won't do that.)

What I did:
Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix butter and peanut butter in the mixer, gradually adding sugar, egg whites, and vanilla.  Don't shut off the mixer. (or you can, I didn't though)

In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture and continue mixing.

Make 40 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. (This is what the recipe said, and I'm letting you know specifically because I'm terrible at this part.  Mine were approximately spoon sized, and there were approximately enough to fill two baking sheets.  However far apart that might be.)

Flatten using the bottom of a flat cup.  Or use a fork, Stud-Muffin likes his peanut butter cookies (which is what you just made, by the way) with a little criss-cross on them.

Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Let cool on pans and then move to wire racks using a spatula. (Apparently I didn't do this correctly because I ended up with several peanut butter crumbles. Not enough grease? Poor spatula technique? Anyone have a tip?)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies.
When cooled, spread some* jelly on one cookie and top with another cookie and repeat.

*about as thick as you'd want on your sandwich, of course! You can probably judge this on your own... the recipe called for 1.5 teaspoons in case you needed to know!)

Don't you love my orange Fiestaware?

End Result: At my house, these were not the biggest hit. My son, mini-muffin#2 ate all the jelly off of several.  I wish I had a picture of this!) My daughter, mini-muffin#1, only wanted plain cookies.  My husband ate the rest, including a few with tiny bites out of them and/or all the jelly licked off.)  Next time... I'll probably just make regular PBJ.  Or regular peanut butter cookies. Or both. Or something else.


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