Peanut Butter and Pepper Jelly Cookies

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A Southern spin on the childhood classic of PB&J, these cookies are one of the best recipes to come out of our test kitchen.

Peanut Butter and Pepper Jelly Cookies
Serves: 1 (10-inch) cookie
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter*
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup red pepper jelly*
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped salted peanuts
  • Garnish: confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 7-well cast-iron mini cake pan with baking spray with flour; place a 7×1-inch strip of parchment paper across each well, pressing into bottom and up sides, letting excess extend over sides of wells.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, and sugars with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, oats, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture all at once, and beat at medium-low speed just until combined. (Dough will be thick.)
  4. Reserve ½ cup dough. Divide remaining dough among prepared wells (about 5 tablespoons each), pressing to cover bottom and slightly up sides. Spread jelly onto center of dough (about 1½ tablespoons each), leaving a ¼-inch border. Crumble reserved ½ cup dough over jelly. Sprinkle with peanuts.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. Using excess parchment strips as handles, remove from wells, and let cool completely on wire rack. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
Notes
If you don’t have a mini-cake pan, follow the recipe through step 3. Reserve ⅔ cup of dough; spread remaining dough to cover bottom of a 9-inch cast-iron skillet Spread jelly over dough, leaving a ½-inch border, and continue as directed with reserved dough and peanuts.

*We used Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and Braswell’s Red Pepper Jelly.