Flourless Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

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This flourless peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies recipe is super easy to make, just one bowl and six ingredients! These PB&J cookies melt in your mouth and have a rich peanut flavor.

Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut butter and jelly fans! This cookie is made especially for you. A cookie can’t get easier than this, one bowl and just six ingredients to reach peanut butter cookie bliss.

These cookies are filled to the brim with sweet strawberry jam that sets perfectly in the cookie well. These flourless peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are sure to disappear fast from the dessert table!

Thumb pressing cookie dough to make indent where the jam will go

Do you remember making thumbprint cookies with your family or friends during the holidays? I always looked forward to rolling and smooshing these cookies to create a snug little cookie bowl for the filling. Cookie bowl!

You don’t have to be a kid to have fun making these treats. Maybe when James’ little fingers grow, he can help mama make these cookies next year.

Jif natural creamy peanut butter and Smucker's strawberry jam

You can never tire of peanut butter and jelly. I still crave a sandwich made with creamy peanut butter; crust removed and a cold glass of milk now and then. We gave James his first taste of homemade peanut butter last week, and he wanted to double-dip in the jar, haha.

teaspoon of red jam being placed in the thumbprint indent of a cookie

We grew up eating Smucker’s jam, our cupboard was loaded with grape, apricot, and strawberry flavors. Make sure to pick a seedless berry jam, so you don’t get them stuck in your teeth. The jam is set like jello in the jar, so whisk the jam before filling to help make it easier to work with each cookie. Look at those magnificent jeweled center mini masterpieces! Sometimes the most simple treat hits the spot.

top down view of peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies

The cookie dough batter is a quick mixture of super smooth and creamy peanut butter. I used Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, brown and white granulated sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla. That’s it!

Since there is no flour, you get a nice strong peanut flavor. The cookie just melts in your mouth. You’ll find yourself sneaking a cookie or two, three or four!

PB&J thumbprint cookies next to a glass of milk

Just follow the cookie road! These delicate and delicious peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are the easiest sweet snack you could make this holiday season. Since they only have sugar and egg holding it together, they are more fragile than flour-based cookies yet have enough structure to devour. Grab a big glass of milk, a handful of cookies and sit back and relax to your favorite holiday tunes. Enjoy!

How do the cookies hold together without flour?

These flourless thumbprint cookies are noticeably more delicate and crumble effortlessly with each bite. However, there are a few ingredients in the batter that hold the dough together to create a yummy PB&J cookie. The eggs in the mixture contain proteins that once cooked above 70 degrees C, set and provide a structure to the dough. The egg helps to bind the ingredients together. The sugars not only offer a hint of sweetness, but it also adds stiffness as it dissolves in the batter and assists in firming up the cookie. Granulated sugar helps to add some crispiness while brown sugar keeps the cookie soft and tender. It’s best to keep these cookie small, about 1-inch balls so that they hold together.

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Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

This flourless peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies recipe is super easy to make, just one bowl and six ingredients! These PB&J cookies melt in your mouth and have a rich peanut flavor.
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4.2 from 47 votes
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings 26 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy, or peanut butter spread
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cup seedless strawberry jam

Instructions 

  • In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together to combine, except jam. Press dough together into a ball, wrap tightly, and chill in fridge 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F, with rack set in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Shape dough into small 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar to coat. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Lightly press the center of each dough ball with your thumb to create a well.
  • Stir jam so that it's easy to pour into each cookie. 
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of jam in the center of each cookie.
  • Bake 7 to 9 minutes, until just set on the outside but still very soft. Do not over bake.
  • Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.

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Notes

  • Keep cookies in airtight container at room temp to preserve softness.

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Nutrition Facts
Flourless Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Laura says

    I love love love these cookies!!! They’re soft cookies, which are my favorite kind. The peanut butter is nice and strong, and of course is a perfect match for jelly (I used strawberry). My husband can’t have gluten or dairy (but he CAN have egg) so these are perfect for him. Big plus, my young daughter approves!!! She gave a very enthusiastic “Mmmmmm!!!!” and 2 thumbs up, plus asked for another. I’d say she liked them!!!

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