Thursday, December 18, 2014

Denise Hearts Better Homes and Gardens PBJ Thumbprint Cookies

I keep telling Denise she needs to start blogging her recipes and ideas! My dear friend takes pics of her beautiful dishes and sends them to me frequently. (I think she's getting the foodie bug, but is too busy to answer the call!)

With all the beautiful Christmas cookie recipes floating around online, I thought I should include these babies since they look so yummy, and Denise took the time to send me her picture. This is a basic peanut butter cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens,
and Denise filled the thumbprints with strawberry preserves. They look so festive for the holidays that I couldn't pass up posting this one. I'm sharing the recipe that I viewed at the Better Homes and Gardens website. (These are also found in my traditional Better Homes and Gardens cookbook which I've had gracing my collection for nearly 30 years.)


1/2 c room temperature butter
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1/2 granulated sugar
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/4 c AP flour
granulated sugar (if making traditional version without the thumbprint filling)
2/3 c strawberry preserves (or you could use any other preserves according to your preferences)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on med/high speed for 30 seconds. Next, add the sugars, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping down the sides of bowl. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Add flour gradually and mix in as much as the mixer will allow before finishing by hand. If dough seems unmanageable, i.e., too soft, cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. (If making traditional, roll balls in additional granulated sugar to coat.) If making Denise's version, pat cookies into disks slightly and press the center in with your thumb.  Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. (If making traditional version, using the tines of a fork, flatten balls by making crisscross marks on top.) Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack, spoon the preserves into the thumbprint area and let cool. 
  3. Note: you may have to press a little if the cookie rose too much in the middle. This recipe makes about 36 cookies. They're SO pretty with the preserves!