By Claire Manby
I experienced a bit of a revelation the other day when buying a croissant with jam here in Portugal…Jelly to American’s is the same as our Jam! I literally thought if we ordered the Croissant with Jelly, we’d get, well, a croissant with jelly. But no, the waitress assured me it would be jam. So, all these years I had assumed the famous America delicacy of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich was made with actual jelly!! What a dork! I know you all know this but I didn’t. And, now I understand Claire’s invention; her Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie recipe is a classic American combination…it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in cookie form! What a genius.
Without further ado I bring you…
Cookie Recipe – Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
Guest post from Claire Manby
Peanut butter and jelly (jam!) cookies
This cookie recipe was born out of a need to bake biscuits but not enough butter in the house…hence the peanut butter! They are really easy to make and I have made them several times with George, and my littler helper was ever present when I made these to share with you today.
Our official household biscuit and cake sampler testing today’s mix.
So, first off, have a good rummage in your cupboards or nip to the shop and assemble your ingredients for this cookie recipe;
- 50g (2oz) Softened Butter
- 50g (2oz) Crunchy Peanut Butter (you can use smooth but the nutty bits are nice in the cookies also try and get one with no added sugar)
- 50g (2oz) Caster Sugar
- 150g (5oz) Self Raising Flour
- Jam of your choice
- 50g (2oz) Icing Sugar (optional)
- Lemon Juice (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease two baking trays.
2. Add your Butter, Peanut Butter and Caster Sugar to your bowl and beat together. I would suggest using a wooden spoon and elbow grease as an electric whisk breaks down the pieces of nuts.
3. Add your flour (no need to sieve) and mix with your spoon until your mixture looks a bit like large breadcrumbs.
4. Add a couple of tablespoons on water and bring the dough together with your hand till it forms a ball, adding more water if necessary. Roll the dough into 16 balls and squash them slightly flat with your hands before placing on your baking tray.
5. You now need to make a hole in your cookies for your Jam. I use the rounded end of my teaspoon and wiggle it about to make the whole bigger. You’ll need to improvise with what you can find in your kitchen or use your finger. Don’t make the hole all the way through just about half way down.
6. Once the holes are made fill them with your Jam but try not to get it on the sides of the cookie as it will burn slightly.
7. Bake them for 15 -20 minutes until pale golden in colour. Remove them from the tray and cool on a wire rack.
8. You can then leave them as they are but I like to add some icing as I think it makes them look prettier. Measure your icing sugar in to a bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of water. I also add some lemon juice as I think this improves the flavour of the icing. You want it to be quite runny as you need to drizzle it all over your cookies. I place kitchen towel under my cooling rack and can then drizzle away without a ton of mess or the icing pooling around the bottom of the biscuit (which is what happens if you do it on a plate).
The finished article, enjoy with a cuppa and friends.
I’ve also made these with almond butter and flaked almonds as well as the icing on top with Cherry jam which gave them a bit of a bakewell tart feel.
Thank you Claire!
Claire is 32 and lives in the lovely county of Suffolk. She shares her home with her other half, Ian, a London Firefighter, her gorgeous 2 ½ year old son, George, and their rescue dog, Larry.
She has a passion for doing makes her happy; cooking and baking; knitting and crafting; and she’s also a bookworm! I’m the youngest member by quite a way of our local WI, I’m a big animal lover especially Dogs and Horses and we’re out most days enjoying the countryside that we live in.
Of being a mums Claire says “Being a Mum has changed my life dramatically. George has meant I get a lot less sleep, and my patience tested daily. I cry at the most ridiculous things and have a whole new world of world of worry but he has also brought me unimaginable amounts joy and love.”