Be ready for hand washing afterward: With peanut butter as the main ingredient, this dough is oily. Parents can beat the cookie dough ingredients and leave the shaping to the kids. Use a baby-food or demitasse spoon to spoon jam into thumbprints.
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons strawberry jam
How to Make It
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place peanut butter, sugar, and egg in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add flour; stir well. Shape dough into 36 (1-inch) balls; place 1-inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Press thumb into center of each cookie, leaving an indentation. Cover and chill 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Bake cookies at 375° for 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam into the center of each cookie.
I'm rating this 5 stars for the category it was originally published in: Kids in the Kitchen. My daughter finished first grade last week, and it's the first day of summer. She made these cookies without any help beyond getting them in and out of the oven. The first batch tonight was good, and we'll pull another sheet out of the freezer tomorrow, give them a few minutes on the counter, and then bake and enjoy those fresh, too. Just the right amount of work for her attention span.
I gave this recipe 5 stars, but not for the quality of the cookies, which is dead average on a good day. Also, we only got about 20 cookies, not 36. Rather, I gave the recipe 5 stars because it is perfect for my needs. The recipe is very easy, so my daughter can be the boss and make it with very little supervision. It involves making an indentation for jelly, which kids love to do with their thumbs, so little brother can help. The cookies are sweet enough that the kids think they are great, but low in quality enough that I am not tempted, so that's a couple less pounds for me to put on over the holidays. Win, win, win!
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