Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Cups and Blogiversary Giveaway

It’s my blogiversary!! I’ve been blogging for three years now. The time has flown by. I have learned so much and have made so many wonderful friends. I have truly received more from blogging than I have given. I’m always amazed at how small the world has become.

To say thank you to my amazing readers/friends I thought it was the perfect time to host a giveaway. CSN Stores is offering one lucky Barbara Bakes reader a $50 gift code to spend at any of their stores, including their luggage stores, furniture stores, or my favorite, their kitchen store.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post before Sunday, February 6th at midnight MST telling me what you’d like to buy at CSN Stores. For an extra entry Tweet and/or Stumble my giveaway (leave a comment for each entry). The giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada, and shipping charges may apply. Be sure your email address is included with your comment(s).

One of the wonderful friends I’ve made through blogging is my talented, virtually adopted daughter, Lorraine, Not Quite Nigella. Lorraine sent me a delightful cookie cookbook, Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, for Christmas. It is a reproduction of the 1963 cookbook with all of the original recipes, illustrations and baking tips. I’ve had so much fun browsing through it and getting new ideas from the old recipes.

One recipe, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies, caught my eye. We’re big peanut butter and jelly sandwich lovers at our house. Well actually, we’re Skippy Super Chunk and Smuckers Strawberry Jam sandwich lovers at our house. So I knew my family would love this old fashioned cookie.

I wanted to add my own spin to the recipe and the Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookie Cups I made at Christmas came to mind. By baking the cookies in a mini muffin pan and creating a well in the center, I could increase the amount of jelly in each cookie. After all doesn’t everyone want more jelly in their peanut butter and jelly sandwich? It’s so hard to get the perfect ratio of peanut butter to jelly in your sandwich without having the jelly ooze out as you’re taking a bite.

And so my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Cups were born. If you love the sandwich, you’ll love the cookie!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Cups and Blogiversary Giveaway

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Cups and Blogiversary Giveaway


  • 1/2 cup shortening*
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars, and egg thoroughly. Blend all dry ingredients; stir into shortening mixture. Chill dough.

Heat oven to 375º. Using a mini ice cream scoop or spoon, drop a tablespoon of dough into each cup of greased mini muffin tins. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are browned and crackled, the centers will not be completely set. Remove the cookies from the oven and use the end of a thick-handled wooden spoon to make a small, deep well in the center of each cookie and fill with your favorite jam or jelly. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

*I decreased the soda to 1/2 teaspoon to adjust for my high altitude. I used Crisco Butter Flavored Shortening Sticks - already pre-measured for you!


Stop in later in the week for a Peanut Butter and Nutella Cookie Cup recipe for World Nutella Day!

Other great peanut butter cookie recipes:

Cherie’s Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies Barbara Bakes
Martha Stewart’s Peanut Butter Cookies Barbara Bakes
Triple Peanut Criss-Cross Cookies Cookie Madness
Soft Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies Amanda’s Cookin’
Peanut Butter- Chocolate Swirl Cookies The Recipe Girl

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  1. Cristie says

    Congratulations on having such a lovely blog for 3 years!

    I would have to spend some serious time in the lamp department if I won the giveaway . ..

  2. says

    Happy Blogiversary! So exciting. I love visiting and seeing what you whip up. :)
    Look forward to seeing you again soon!

    CSN…I need a new immersion blender. :)

  3. Kate Bakka says

    I can’t decide which one I want more… the rice cooker or the panini grill… both of which would make my life easier

  4. says

    Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! These little cookie cups look so good. Cant wait to see the Nutella version.

    Very nice giveaway too. If I won, I would put it toward a really good Wusthof Paring Knife. You just cant beat a good knife! :)

  5. says

    happy blogiversary. i’ve so enjoyed reading your blog! these cups look wonderful, a classic combo.

    i would put it toward a new microwave, our is a piecer! thanks for the chance!

  6. says

    Yay! I checked my reader on the perfect day! Or at least in time to join the fun! Happy Blogiversary! So fun! I want the heart waffle maker!

  7. Heather Spooner says

    I would buy the Ashton Sutton starburst mirror. It would look great in my bedroom. Congrats on the blogiversary. I really enjoy reading your posts.
    miyax15 at yahoo dot com

  8. Barbara L says

    I would buy the donut pans. I have been looking for these pans but have been unable to find them in the stores. I have wanted to try my hand at making my own baked donuts.

  9. Janeen says

    Happy Blogiversary! I have just started my addiction to food blogs and I have really enjoyed yours. Thank you for sharing so much!

  10. says

    Congrats on your 3 years blogging….really enjoy your blog and how you keep it real. I am wanting to get anything kitchen or dinning! Bessings, K

  11. says

    Happy Blogiversary Barbara! I’m also hosting a giveaway on my blog to celebrate its first year. If I could chose something from CSN, it would have to be from their kitchen stores. Probably an ice cream maker :)

  12. says

    Happy Blogiversary!
    That Betty Crocker cookie book is our go to cookie book. The pages are stained and the cover has fallen off, but it is the book that each of my kids want from my collection.
    I’ve been shopping for a new instant read thermometer over at CSN, so that would be my pick.

  13. says

    I desperately need some new cookie sheets. I love CSN. They have everything!! Peanut Butter cookies are my favorite and I love the idea of the well in the middle.

  14. says

    Yay!!! You are three years old, no wait, I mean your blog is. Congrats!!!

    I would burn that fifty bucks in their kitchen store, most likely on a doughnut pan and a few other treats.

  15. says

    Happy Blogoversary Barbara! It’s really amazing, isn’t it? The people we meet and make friends with. Non-bloggers can’t possibly understand the support and friendship we have. How lovely that you and Lorraine have such a close relationship! I like her blog too.
    I do love the idea of these pb mini cups! Already copied the recipe. What a marvelous cookbook that must be.

    And a great giveaway too. I always choose glasses when I shop at CSN.

  16. says

    I KNOW I’d love the cookie cup! Nice and substantial. I have the same book:) CONGRATS on 3 years Barbara! I agree about blogging making the world a smaller place:)
    I have three new grandchildren coming this year, so I’d pick something from the baby section.

  17. says

    Happy Blogaversary! Wow…three years?!? Amazing!

    I would love to purchase some more bannetons (bread proofing baskets) to make my artisan breads!

  18. says

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s been a joy following you for 2 1/2 of those 3 years! Thanks for all the awesome recipes, pictures and most importantly RESPONDING to our comments! Most bloggers don’t respond back to comments. You are such a fabulous person and I have enjoyed getting to know your personality through your posts! :)

    As for CSN… love it!! They have some great stuff! I need/want a new quilt. Thats what I would shop for!

  19. says

    Mmmm…I love that you’ve baked them in mini-muffin tins to get more jelly in them. I bet those have the perfect jelly to peanut butter ratio! I love CSN, and I’d love to get a couple of Fiesta place settings for one of my daughters in law. :)