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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

These gorgeous Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies are made with 4 simple ingredients. Sweet strawberry preserves are layered between chewy peanut butter cookies for a treat grown ups love as much as kids!

Cookie sandwiches are the best sandwiches. These Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies get devoured as fast as you can make them!

Baked peanut butter cookies with strawberry preserves filling on parchment paper.

Why this Recipe Works

Who else still eats Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches?

When you think about it, that childhood staple is kind of the perfect food: sweet, salty and easy to eat anywhere.

  • 4 ingredients needed to make perfect PB&J cookies!
  • Made with nutty peanut butter for a wholesome taste.
  • Mix up the jelly center with different flavors of preserves.
  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Naturally gluten free cookie recipe!

Peanut Butter & Jelly cookies are inspired by the sandwich in your school lunch box. They start with a super easy 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe.

Add a slather of strawberry preserves and enjoy a nostalgic, delicious and beautiful treat. Serve with an ice cold glass of milk to make the experience complete!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for peanut butter and jelly cookies.

Only 4 ingredients for today’s easy peanut butter cookie recipe!

  • Creamy peanut butter. I used creamy peanut butter for these cookies! A sugar free variety works great, you can even use natural, just be sure to stir well if the oils are separated.
  • Egg. One egg is all you need to add moisture and chewiness to the cookie.
  • Sugar. Sweeten the cookie with some granulated sugar!
  • Strawberry preserves. These can be swapped for other fruit preserves, jams, jellies or even marmalade. Our homemade strawberry jam would be perfect.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make peanut butter and jelly cookies.

Make the peanut butter cookie dough first. Scoop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet and flatten the tops with the tines of a fork.

Bake until lightly browned. Once cooled, spoon a dollop of preserves onto the flat side of a cookie.

Sandwich with another cookie and serve!

Strawberry preserves being spooned onto a peanut butter cookie to make a cookie sandwich.

Tips & Tricks

  • Pair cookies of similar size for best looking sandwiches.
  • Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon or scoop to make the cookies as evenly sized as possible.
  • If your peanut butter is refrigerated, let it come to room temperature before adding to the recipe. This makes it easier to mix the dough and incorporate the ingredients.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe FAQs

Do I have to use natural peanut butter?

No, you do not. These Peanut Butter & Jelly cookies work well with any kind of creamy peanut butter.

Are these cookies crunchy or soft?

These are on the softer side of peanut butter cookies. They will harden a bit as they cool but aren’t crunchy.

Why are my peanut butter cookies crumbly?

Peanut butter cookies get crumbly if they are removed from the baking sheet too soon. Let them cool on the sheet for several minutes before attempting to remove them. I also recommend lining your baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, you can slide them right off on the paper instead of using a spatula.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Yes, this recipe contains no flour making it free of wheat and gluten. If you are baking for someone with Celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy, be sure to make sure to peanut butter you use is certified gluten free.

How long do these cookies keep?

Stored covered in the refrigerator, PB&J cookies stay good for about 3 days.

Stack of three pb&j cookies with a bowl of strawberries in background.
Yield: 16 sandwich cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

These gorgeous Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies are made with 4 simple ingredients. Sweet strawberry preserves are layered between chewy peanut butter cookies for a treat grown ups love as much as kids!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup strawberry preserves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar and egg. Mix until well combined. Scoop into 1 Tbsp balls and drop onto cookie sheet.
  3. Using the tines of a fork, flatten cookie dough with criss-cross of fork tines.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely. Pair the cookies in similar size/shape. Spoon a small dollop of strawberry fruit spread between cookies. Press together lightly and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pair cookies of similar size for best looking sandwiches.
  • Use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon or scoop to make the cookies as evenly sized as possible.
  • If your peanut butter is refrigerated, let it come to room temperature before adding to the recipe. This makes it easier to mix the dough and incorporate the ingredients.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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The easiest Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookie with the best taste! These little cookies are delicious anytime, anywhere.

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Posted on July 28, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi! Love your recipes!!! I’m just wondering what your opinion is if I were to replace the sugar with honey? Do you think that would work? I would love to make these but I’m watching my sugar content for health reason
    Thank you so much

    1. I wouldn’t use honey, but you can swap out the granulated sugar for stevia (granulated) and use a no sugar jam.

  2. I love the National Parks! There are still so many that I want to visit, but my favorite so far as been Acadia in Maine. So beautiful. 

  3. I grew up with a father who wanted us to see as many parks as possible, so I’ve seen almost every one n the U.S. and Canada. We live near a small one called Point Pelee and it’s family tradition to celebrate all special occasions there. 

    I had no idea Smuckers made Natural Peanut Butter. I’m going to find some next time I’m shopping. Then I can make these amazing cookies. 

    1. That’s awesome Kim!! We have been trying to do that with our kids as well 🙂 And yes, their natural PB is awesome!

  4. My kind of snack. I LOVE their peanut butter! And what a great volunteer opportunity. 🙂

  5.  classic dessert but you make it in a classy way, remember the childhood peanut Butter and Jelly Sandich

  6. What a fabulous campaign, and these cookies………..I’ll take a handful with a glass of milk please!!

  7. This is such a great post for such a great cause. My husband and I spend a ton of time visiting National Parks. These cookies look amazing. Pinned.

  8. I love everything about this post! My husband and I are obsessed with visiting National Parks. You are so awesome for spending your time to clean up a new site! These cookies totally remind my of National Parks because I always make a bunch of PB&Js for our hiking trips 🙂 

  9. What a great event! And these cookies look super delicious – peanut butter cookie perfection!

  10. What a great event!  And four ingredient cookies?  I am IN!!  Thanks for sharing another great one. 🙂

  11. How fun and what a great thing you and those volunteers did! That’s awesome. I feel like sometimes we forget about what needs to be done in our cities locally then worrying about the world as a whole. We live close to Joshua Tree National Park, so I should check out any programs here. These cookies sound amazing. I need to check out this new pb too. Loving the natural flavor. And 4 ingredients…sold! 

  12. What a fun experience to help clean up and restore a National Park.  And even more fun to realize that you had a family connection to it!  These easy peanut butter cookies are a favorite here too, but I love that you made them into sandwiches with the jelly and peanut butter!  Perfect lunch box treat!

  13. That is such an amazing campaign! Love what they are doing – and LOVE these cookies!! They are screaming my name!

  14. Anything that I can devour in 4 seconds is ok with me!! These look so so good Aimee! How fun that you got to be a part of this campaign for the National Parks. So many fun family memories. 🙂

  15. I am a huge supporter of our national parks! Being a lover of the outdoors and nature I can’t imagine a world without them. As far as these cookies, Love Them! Simple ingredients turned into a delicious dessert!

  16. Aimee, we are totally as one today. First of all, my husband is a proud employee of the National Park Service. He is in charge of their web division, so we get to see a lot of National Parks! All of our early dates were at different ones.  And your experience is so cool!
    Plus, we’re on the same wavelength because I am posting PB & J bars tomorrow. It’s all fate! 🙂 These cookies look like the best sandwich cookies ever.

    1. I don’t think I knew that about your hubby. LOVE that 🙂 And love that we’re on the same page…can’t wait to see those bars!

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