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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Time 35 minutes
Yields Makes 16 cookie sandwiches.
la-fo-pb-and-j-sandwich-cookies: March 26, 2020,
(Los Angeles Times photo by Genevieve Ko)
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The ultimate PB&J sandwich comes in cookie form. Use your favorite peanut butter here, but if you are using all-natural peanut butter with no added salt, stir ½ teaspoon salt into the dough as well. In fact, salt brings out the peanutty sweetness of these cookies. Try the salted cookie variation below!

1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2

Put the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and smash them together with a wooden spoon until you can’t see the butter anymore and the sugar is like the perfect wet sand for building a sandcastle. Add the peanut butter, egg and vanilla and mix until the dough is really smooth. If the dough is gloppy, refrigerate it until it’s stiff.

3

Use a small cookie scoop or a measuring teaspoon to scoop a ball of dough. If you’re using a cookie scoop, plop the round onto the pan. If you’re using a teaspoon, roll the dough into a ball, then put it on the pan. Put all the dough balls on the pan, spacing them 1 ½ inches apart. Gently smash each ball with your palm so that they’re ⅓-inch thick (2 inches in diameter).

4

Bake until the cookies look dry on top, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on the pan on a wire rack.

5

Turn half of the cookies over so that their bottoms are facing up. Scoop ½ teaspoon jam onto each, then top with the rest of the cookies to make sandwiches. Eat!

Variations:
Sunflower Seed Butter and Jam Cookie Sandwiches: Substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter. Don’t flatten the cookies before baking.
Salted Peanut Butter Cookies: Lightly sprinkle the tops of the cookies with kosher or Maldon salt or fleur de sel before baking.
Make Ahead:
The cookie sandwiches will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The cookies by themselves will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.