PB and J Cookies

School has started, which always has me feeling sentimental for the days of fresh school supplies and new beginnings. It also makes me think of those school lunches I used to take in my tin lunch box, which almost always consisted of the classic PB and J.

These PB and J Cookies take the best parts of your childhood lunches, like the creamy peanut butter and sweet strawberry, and put them together in a delicious cookie! Each one is rolled in sugar for an added crunch. Why not treat yourself to the classic PB and J, but in cookie form? You deserve it.

I love how easy these cookies are to make. You’ll start off by making the peanut butter dough first, followed by the strawberry dough, and then combine them together!

First you’ll want to get started on the peanut butter dough. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, blend together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter on medium speed until combined. Add in the egg and continue to mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap, pop it in the fridge to chill, and then wipe out your bowl.

Now let’s start on the strawberry dough! Blend together the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined. Add in the egg and continue to mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, finely crushed freeze dried strawberries, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill.

Using a scoop that is approximately 2 tbsp worth, scoop all of the peanut butter dough, placing each ball of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the fridge to chill and wipe off the cookie scoop.

Now repeat this same process with the strawberry dough. If the dough ever becomes difficult to work with, pop it back in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.

Carefully take one ball of peanut butter dough and one ball of strawberry dough and press them together, using your hands to roll them into one larger dough ball.

Gently roll each dough ball in sugar and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet with the seam side upwards and a few inches in between each cookie. Repeat this process until all cookies have been formed and chill them for 10 minutes.

Bake the cookies for about 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully moving them to a cooling rack.

Once cooled, you are ready to enjoy! If you’re interested in more fun recipes that bring back all of the nostalgia of your school days, make sure to also check out these PB and J Milkshakes!

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PB and J Cookies

These PB and J Cookies take the best parts of your childhood lunches, like the creamy peanut butter and sweet strawberry, and put it together in a delicious cookie! Each one is rolled in sugar for an added crunch. Why not treat yourself to the classic PB and J, but in cookie form? You deserve it.

  • Author: Marisa Bakes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Strawberry Dough

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 ½ tbsp finely crushed freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pink dye

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Starting with the peanut butter dough, blend together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter on medium speed until combined.
  3. Add in the egg and continue to mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. With the mixer on low, add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Put dough in a clean bowl, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill.
  7. Wash and dry bowl and paddle attachment.
  8. Blend together the butter and sugar for the strawberry dough on medium speed until combined.
  9. Add in the egg and continue to mix.
  10. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, finely crushed freeze dried strawberries, baking powder, and salt.
  11. With the mixer, on low, add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill.
  12. Using a scoop that is approximately 2 tbsp worth, scoop all of the peanut butter dough, placing each ball of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat this same process with the strawberry dough.
  13. Carefully take one ball of peanut butter dough and one ball of strawberry dough and press them together, using your hands to roll them into one larger dough ball.
  14. Gently roll each dough ball in sugar and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet with the seam side upwards. Repeat this process until all cookies have been formed, being sure to leave a few inches between each cookie.
  15. Bake the cookies for about 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully moving them to a cooling rack.
  16. Enjoy!

Keywords: peanut butter, jelly, cookies, pb and j