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Peanut Butter Cookies Made 3 Ways

Peanut Butter Cookies Made 3 Ways: Take a classic peanut butter cookie and make Jam Thumbprints, Nutella Thumbprints or Classic PB Cookies!

In case you haven’t noticed, I may have a little love affair with peanut butter. I happen to love peanut butter anything.  I’m a teensy obsessed. An idea came to me recently so this is the first stage of that idea…the peanut butter cookie. A good old fashioned peanut butter cookie. And then to take them up a notch, why not add jam or Nutella? Oh yea!

Peanut Butter Cookies Made 3 Ways

 – – – –I’m not sure cookies get any better really. They’re rich, flavourful and a family favourite! Delish!

Make all 3 variations with 1 batch of dough!

The great thing about this recipe is that the batch is so big, you can make all 3 variations with the same cookie dough!  I have to tell you though, the PB&J version is the BEST.  Truly delicious!!

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Just as it sounds, a classic peanut butter cookie. Crunchy. Buttery. Peanut Buttery.

Peanut Butter and Jam Thumbprints

Take your PB cookie up a notch and turn it into a jam thumbprint. A centre filled with raspberry jam is super delicious!

Peanut Butter and Nutella Thumbprints

If you love peanut butter and chocolate together then you will love these PB Nutella thumbprint cookies!

Recipe Tips!

  • Optional Addition: If you like, you can add chocolate chips too!  About 1-2 cups, depending on how chocolatey you like them!
  • Freezing: This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies, so they are perfect for freezing in batches. Store them in an airtight ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. NOTE:  If you are freezing the jam or Nutella cookies, I would lay them out on a cookie sheet and put them into the freezer to freeze like this.  Then once they are frozen, transfer them to ziplock bags…this way you won’t have jam or Nutella all over the place.

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Peanut Butter Cookies Made 3 Ways

Peanut Butter Cookies Made 3 Ways: Take a classic peanut butter cookie and make Jam Thumbprints, Nutella Thumbprints or Classic PB Cookies!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the eggs, beating them in one at a time.
  4. Add peanut butter. Mix well.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Then add the flour mix to the peanut butter mix. Combine.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies:

  1. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls, then place them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  2. Using a fork, gently flatten down the balls of dough. I like to criss cross my pattern. It looks pretty!
  3. Bake the cookies for 9-12 minutes. I bake mine for 9 minutes at the most because we like soft chewy cookies. If you want to bake them longer, watch them closely after about 9 minutes, because they go from perfect to burnt really fast!

Peanut Butter and Jam Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Once you have made your cookie batter, shape your dough into 1 inch balls, and place them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  2. Use your thumb, and make an indent in the centre of the cookies.
  3. Bake for about 9-12 minutes.
  4. As soon as they are out of the oven, using your thumb, indent them again.
  5. Fill the indent with jam, while the cookies are still warm!
  6. You can use any kind of jam you like!

Peanut Butter and Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Follow the same steps as the PB&J Thumbprint Cookies, except fill the indent with Nutella.
  2. NOTE: fill the indent with Nutella once the cookie has cooled.

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  1. Having grown up in the UK I don’t quite get the whole peanut butter thing – but I could go on and on about how delicious Marmite is. (“The growing up spread you never grow out of”!)
    Caroline, Calgary

  2. Oh delicious!!!

    Want to know my fav pb cookie recipe? 1,1,1 = 1 cup sugar, 1 cup pb, 1 egg – seriously!!! It’s amazingly good. I’m going to try it your way though 😉 and I’m definitely adding jam.

  3. Hi Jo-Anna

    Another fabulous idea!! I love it, have to make those too as well as the mincemeat ones.

    Have a great day!