There are some pairs that just always go together – to the point where you can’t imagine one without the other: Spaghetti and meatballs. Bagels and cream cheese. And of course that old standby, peanut butter and jelly.
Why are we thinking about pairs? Because for this month’s Netflix Stream Team, we’re talking Friendsgiving – a time when friends come together to celebrate good food and great company. And in honor of Friendsgiving, our kids have been watching some of their favorite “pairs” on Netflix: Phineas and Ferb; Finn the dog and Jake the human (Adventure Time); and Wayne and Garth (Wayne’s World).
In honor of our good friends, we decided to celebrate Friendsgiving this month with Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies that are good for kids and adults alike. They’re not too sweet, and they have just the right amount of peanut butter-iness to keep even the biggest kids coming back for more. After we made these cookies, we took plates of them around to friends to share – and of course the kids munched on them while watching Adventure Time with buddies.
A few hints to make this recipe even easier: One, we used a little wine stopper to make the holes. Of course your kids can use (clean) thumbs to make thumbprints, but the wine stopper seemed to make more even holes and it was easier to center them. Two: You could get a pastry bag to squeeze out the jam, but we like shortcuts, so we used this little “life hack” – Take a clean plastic baggie, fill it with jam, snip off the corner, and- voila! — instant jelly pastry bag (Plus – you can throw it away when you’re finished.)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
- 1/2 cup one stick butter
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup sifted flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Additional 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup grape jam
In a sturdy mixer, cream butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add sugars gradually and cream until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add sifted dry ingredients gradually to butter mixture and mix until blended.
Using a round teaspoon of dough for each cookie, shape the dough into round balls. Roll the balls in the 1/3 cup granulated sugar to coat.
Use your thumb or a small kitchen implement to stamp small round indentations in each cookie (if the cookie cracks, it's OK - just don't go all the way through). Fill each hole with a tiny amount of blueberry jam.
Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serves 8 to 10.
Enjoy! And of course let us know if you see any good flicks on Netflix.
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