My friend Alyssa and I were just watching this movie where they made these crazy huge sandwiches called Fool’s Gold. Picture this: an entire loaf of italian bread, an entire jar of peanut butter, an entire jar of jelly, and bacon. Lot’s of bacon. Alyssa and I instantly had a serious craving for peanut butter sandwiches, but for some reason, we wanted them with bananas instead of bacon and jelly. Trying to keep it classy and a tad bit healthier.
As we were chomping away on our yummy sandwiches and watching our movie filled with fool’s gold sandwiches, it hit me. I should combine peanut butter, jelly, and banana to make the ultimate cookie. Introducing the peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies.
I’ve loved thumbprint cookies ever since my classmate’s grandma gave me one with a hershey’s kiss in first grade. The gooeyness of the middle with the chew of the soft cookie outside holding it all together in a little cocoon. In this case, the jelly melted perfectly in with the peanut butter. And by using banana to replace egg, it created this delicious banana underlying flavor that isn’t too strong, but just a little hint of it. By the way, these cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan!
Obvs they are best enjoyed warm out of the oven, but they are pretty good the next day as well. As people walk through my house (AKA the dog groomer) they grab one and I hear a “this is delicious!” come out of their cookie filled mouths. That’s a success right there.
I finally finished finals this week after a grueling semester of studying and working hard on my projects. I am so excited for finishing this semester up because it’s the most wonderful time of the year where I get to spend my days around the fireplace, curled up with a chai tea latte, eating one of these cookies (hint hint) and being with my family. There’s nothing like the holiday quality time enjoyed during this season.
I always find myself so thankful for my family and friends during the holidays, but shouldn’t we be thankful and enjoy each other’s company all the time?
Isn’t that what it’s all about?
This year has been filled with a lot of personal growth for me, and as I look back on it now that it’s coming to an end, I’ve realized how important the people I love are to me. I guess as you grow up you really realize the importance of family, in all it’s many different forms. Gosh, how old and wise do I sound now?
Anyway, ALOHA, this really wonderful, health conscious company inspired me in their “bringing a dish to pass” initiative. Since I was feeling all nostalgic and such, as stated above, I knew I wanted to be apart of it and I decided these cookies were the perfect recipe. Over the last few days, I’ve had countless moments around the kitchen table with friends, family, and yes, the dog groomer, sharing these cookies and talking about life.
I’ve decided to start my new year’s resolution list a little early, and the first thing to be added is: enjoy the small moments with the people I love.
Sharing a cookie might seem simple, but it has a big impact. I encourage you to make these cookies and see the happiness you’ll bring to the people who mean the most to you.
So grab that glass of dairy-free milk, a nice warm blanket, your sweet doggy, and your family and huddle around the fireplace sharing stories and eating plates of peanut butter & jelly thumbprint cookies. Also make sure to check out some other really great holiday recipe ideas from ALOHA’s fun recipe page!
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup gluten-free baking flour
- grape jelly for the filling (about ¼ cup, depending on how much you want in each cookie)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar and mashed banana. Add in the peanut butter, baking powder, vanilla and salt and mix until well combined. Mix in the baking flour until smooth.
- Roll a spoonful of cookie dough in your hands to form a ball, then place on a greased (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet. Continue until all the cookies are made.
- Place your thumb in the center of each cookie and press down to create a small indentation in the middle. The cookie might crack a little, which is fine. If it cracks too much then just press it back together.
- Fill each indentation with a small spoonful of jelly, continuing until all the cookies are jelly filled.
- Place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.
- When done baking, remove and let cool.
- Serve on a platter or give them away as gifts in tin cookie containers.
This post is not sponsored by ALOHA, but they do have really cool products. All opinions are my own.