Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies


I come from a family that likes to be creative in the kitchen. I enjoy dreaming up new recipes, as well as putting a spin on old favorites.

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite types of cookies. I prefer ones that are more on the dense, crumbly side as opposed to soft and moist, so that is how I have made mine in this recipe.

While making these cookies, I thought that turning some of them into thumbprint cookies with a little jam in the middle sounded good. I did so, and the result is that I now have a two-in-one recipe. The thumb-print version, in particular, was well-received by a family member and friend who tried them out. I hope you enjoy them as well!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

12 min

22 min

Yields approximately two dozen cookies.


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, (crunchy peanut butter is best)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup jam or jelly, (grape, cherry, or a berry kind works best)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir peanut butter and oil together in a bowl. Add the brown and white sugars and blend until well-combined.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the peanut butter and sugar mixture and stir.
  4. Add the salt and baking powder to the bowl and blend these in well.
  5. Add the flour about 1/4 a cup at a time, stirring in each addition thoroughly before adding more. You may find it easier to work the last 1/2 cup or so in with your hands.
  6. Roll the dough into balls that are just over one inch in size and place the balls on an un-greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly, then use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each cookie. You may have to shape the sides a bit if they split too much while you are making the indentations.
  7. Place the cookie sheet in oven and allow the cookies to bake for eight minutes. Pull the pan out of the oven for a moment and drop 1/2 teaspoon of jelly or jam into each indentation. Return the cookies to the oven for four more minutes.
  8. When the cookies are done, let them rest on the cookie sheet for a minute or so, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Tips and Notes

  • I use extra-light-tasting olive oil when baking because it is healthier than some other types of vegetable oil. This type of olive oil does not adversely affect the taste of the cookie.
  • Use parchment paper on the pan for easy clean-up.
  • Actually using a 1/2 teaspoon to put the jam in the indentation is a bit of a pain since the jam does not necessarily want to slide out of the measuring spoon on its own. I just estimate the amount and use a small, regular spoon instead. If you are uncertain about estimating the proper amount, use the measuring spoon for the first couple of cookies to get an idea, then move to using the regular spoon. The reason you want to work quickly is that you do not want to allow the cookies to cool too much, since they are not done baking at the time you are adding the jam.
  • This dough is on the crumbly side and forms balls better when it is at room temperature. If you refrigerate the dough at all, allow it to sit out for 15 to 20 minutes before attempting to shape it.
  • This recipe can also be used to make traditional peanut butter cookies. Simply press the dough balls down with a fork in the typical criss-cross pattern and bake for 12 minutes.
One may also use this recipe to make a traditional peanut butter cookie.

One may also use this recipe to make a traditional peanut butter cookie.

© 2013 Rhosynwen


Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ Vacation Trip: thank-you. If you try them, I hope you like them. : )

Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ shofarcall: thank-you. Peanut butter cookies are always good in my opinion. : ) Have a blessed day.

Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ Ceres Schwarz: thank-you. I like to have simple recipes on hand that don't take a long time to make because I enjoy homemade cookies far more than store-bought ones.

Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ bearnmom: I like the chocolate paste idea; peanut butter and chocolate is another combination I enjoy. Thanks for the thought!

Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ Paul Edmondson: thank-you. I like to bake, and I also like to take photos. Work out well. : )

Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ peachpurple: thank-you. I am a cookie fan myself. : ) I like to keep a cookie recipe simple, because it means one can make the cookies in a short amount of time.

Rhosynwen (author) on June 12, 2013:

@ las81071: thank-you. While I wish I could say I'm the first to come up with the combo of PB&J in a cookie, I know I'm not. I can say, however, that I came up with a version that suits my tastes. : )

Ceres Schwarz on June 12, 2013:

Wow this recipe for peanut butter thumbprint cookies looks really good. The images of the cookies make them look really delicious and yummy. Now I want to have some. This recipe doesn't seem all that hard to make and doesn't take much time either.

Laura L Scotty from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 12, 2013:

Yum! I would love these with Apricot or grape filling. Peanut Butter is a favorite of mine and it makes sense that you can use it for thumbprint cookies. A nuttu chocolat paste would go well in them too which would almost make them taste like a snicker candy bar.

shofarcall on June 11, 2013:

sounds like a great cookie recipe. The Benedictine monastery that I used to attend a few years ago always had peanut butter cookies to go with tea/coffee. mmmm they were delicious. Will come back and let us know how I get on. God Bless.

Susan from India on June 11, 2013:

Wow. These cookies looks so delicious. Feeling hungry looking at it. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on June 11, 2013:

I love peanut butter cookies. Love the photos!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 11, 2013:

yummy crunchy cookies. I am a great fan of cookies and peanut butter. I love the idea of turning it into normal butter cookies. Lots of variations. Lovely and simple instructions. Voted up

las81071 on June 11, 2013:

wow PBandJ cookies what a great idea. I once made some cookies with jelly that were pretty good wish I would have thought of the peanut butter idea. Brilliant!!!

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