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Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

I am in love with these peanut butter and jelly  cookies.  I first saw the adorable peanut butter and jelly  sandwich cookies over at http://www.ericasweettooth .com and knew I had to make.

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I love how these peanut butter and jelly cookies turned out.  It  is rare for a my recipes to turn out so well. Don’t believe me- just check out these epic fails HERE  or  HERE.

Here are my peanut butter and jelly cookies!

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Here is the key part of these cookies:  the loaf shaped dough. I rolled these into the shape of a log and then I pinched the length of the top to give it the shape of a loaf of bread. The details of what to do with the dough is below in the recipe box. FYI.. my  dough logs looked nothing like a loaf of bread, but they surprisingly turned out to look like pieces of bread.

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Here are the finished sandwiches! I think they are so cute and my boys thought so too! I got a fist bump from my younger son when he saw the plates of pb&j.

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Here is the recipe for the pb& j cookies. Oh and the secret ingredient for the toasted edges of the cookies- vodka and brown food coloring. Don’t worry the vodka evaporates and prevents the “crust” from getting soggy!

PB & J Sandwich Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • For the cookies;
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup + 2 TBSP sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ TBSP milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • For the Crust:
  • 2 TBSP vodka
  • drops of brown food coloring
  • Filling:
  • Jelly for the "J"
Instructions
  1. Beat peanut butter and sugars. Add egg, milk and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl: combine flour, baking powder, baking soda. Slowly add to sugar mixture.
  3. Divide dough in ½ and roll into the shape of logs. With your fingers, pinch along the middle of the top and along the two sides to form indentations along the length of the dough log. The goal is to make it look like a loaf of bread. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least a minimum of one hour or overnight.
  4. When dough is chilled, unwrap the dough and use a sharp knife to cut slices of "bread" in ¼" thickness. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Place 1" apart on parchment paper and bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool cookies for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. To paint the crusts onto the baked cookies, combine vodka and brown food coloring. Use a clean paint brush to brush mixture on the sides of all the cookies. Using vodka instead of water will prevent the cookies from getting soggy since the alcohol will evaporate.
  7. To make the sandwiches take one cookie slice and spread with jelly (or tinted frosting). Match cookie with another slice of similar size to make your sandwiches!

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