Monday, January 28, 2013

PeanutButter Jelly Cookies

Remember that obnoxious (and wonderful) PeanutButter Jelly Time video on YouTube?

That song, partially, inspired these cookies.  The other inspiration was Patrick.

Patrick really loves Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches and, for his birthday cookies, I thought he'd enjoy his favorite sandwich as a cookie.

These cookies were really fun to make and Patrick loved them!

PeanutButter Jelly Cookies
(adapted from Martha)
(makes 2 dozen)

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 grape jelly (or any jelly)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Beat 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. Add dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
Scoop level tablespoons of dough, and form into balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on baking sheet.

Bake until cookies are puffy, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and make indentations in centers by pressing with the handle end of a wooden spoon. 

Return to oven, and bake until edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and let cool completely.

Heat jelly in a small saucepan, stirring, until loosened, about 30 seconds. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation. 


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