Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Cookies

Summer is over now for us and so are our cooking lessons with the kids. We still love to cook together but we will not be doing this as often. My middle son loves the Christmas “Linzer”cookies, and since he also loves peanut butter and jelly he decided to combine these together and this is what came out! They were really good!

He melts my heart!! 
Sorry the pictures are not very good, but after we were done he asked me “Mom aren’t you going to take some pictures to put these in your blog? He really wanted to see his cookies here!
  • 1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • Peanut butter
  • Strawberry jelly
 Place dry ingredients in a bowl and combine. In another bowl beat granulated sugar and butter until creamy, add vanilla and egg. Gradually add flour. Divide dough in half and refrigerate for two hours.
After the dough is chilled, roll out not too thick and cut first the bases. We used stars cookie cutters. Then roll out again with the leftovers and cut the bases again but this time use the smaller cutter and cut in the middle as well. Repeat this with the rest of the dough. You will also be left with yummy little “snack” cookies. My oldest son  does not like jelly so we left those for him, plain. Bake @ 375 for 7 minutes be sure they do not brown too much. If you cut them really thin they will. 
Let them cool completely.

After they are cooled, spread a little peanut butter on the base and then top with the jelly. Put the top cookie of the cookie sandwich and there you have them! It is kind of fun to do this with the kids! You can dust with powder sugar if you’d like but my son did not want to…
You can see here the little “snack cookies” that were left plain. I tell you, they lasted only one afternoon…

Give them a try and tell me if you liked them. Involve the kids in the kitchen and they will have sweet 
memories for a lifetime!
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