Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies are crafted to look like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but with a sweet touch!  The best news is that they’re lower in calories and sugar than most store-bought cookies, so you can feel good about packing them into the lunch box.

My kids are adults now, but I have enough friends with school-aged kids to realize that plenty of parents all over the world shed tears this past week. Depending on the parent (or possibly the behavior of the child), the tears may have been more of the joy-filled variety those of bittersweet sorrow.

Regardless of your attitude towards back-to-school season, it’s now time for parents to set their minds on all things lunch box. Sandwiches, particularly the peanut butter & jelly variety, seem to be popular lunch box visitors for young and old kids alike. In celebration of the beloved PB & J, I have a recipe for you…this is a super fun cookie that’s sure to bring smiles to everyone in your lunch box crowd!

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I recently joined a monthly cookie recipe group called Creative Cookie Exchange. It’s administrators are Laura from The Spiced Life and Rebecka from At Home with Rebecka. Each month, everyone in the group bakes up cookies with a unique recipe that’s based on the theme for that month.  This month’s theme is none other than BACK TO SCHOOL!

If you’ve been following along with me for the past few months, you are likely aware that I’m trying to shed a few pounds.  That being the case, I decided to create a cookie with less sugar than most, but any good cookie (in my opinion) needs to contain SOME sugar. Without the use of sugar (which acts a tenderizer), cookies get too crispy for my liking.

That’s why the best cookies and brownies are CHEWY! Oh, and without sugar, which caramelizes under heat, cookies won’t brown properly when they’re baked. That’s why I decided to make peanut butter cookies. Manufactured peanut butter generally has a decent amount of sugar in it, so I was then able to reduce the amount of sugar I used in this recipe.

I reduced the carbohydrates even further by using my favorite low-carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill. Because it has a nice brown color, it was the perfect choice for these cookies. I love wheat bread, and that’s exactly what these little peanut butter cookies look like!


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I could have made or purchased a completely sugar-free preserve to use as the filling for these cookies, but I decided to use what I had on hand in the fridge.

Brian is the primary user of jams and jellies in our house, and I don’t usually force my low-sugar regime on him. It helps to keep our relationship on an even keel if I keep his tummy happy :)

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Although it tested my patience (or lack thereof), I made the peanut butter cookies icebox style. I shaped the dough into the form of a loaf of bread by pressing my fingers into the sides to make an indent, and I made another indent on the top of the dough. Then I wrapped the log in plastic wrap and placed it into the refrigerator for a couple of hours before slicing and baking.

Have I mentioned how much I hate waiting…especially where baked goods are concerned? If a recipe requires me to wait more than 20 minutes from the time of assembly to the devouring process, I tend to get fidgety and whiny. It’s soooo becoming on a 49-year old.

So while I waited for the “bread” to firm up enough for slicing and baking, I worked my butt off trying to get past level 207 in Candy Crush. worked perfectly at keeping me sane and free from whining, why do you ask?  Umm.  Before lightning bolts shoot down at me from the sky, let’s move on.

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Do your kids have any favorite lunch box treats that are a little on the unhealthy side?  Use the comments below to let me know what their favorites are and I’ll try to whip up a healthier version of them for  you!

For more back to school recipe ideas, check out my line up of kid friendly meals here.

Now grab your apron – Let’s bake up some peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies
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Recipe Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Sweet preserves are sandwiched between bread shaped, chewy, peanut butter cookies. An adorably sweet "sandwich" that will bring out the kid in you!
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup NuNaturals Tagatose (or your favorite brand sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup Splenda (or your favorite brand) light brown sugar substitute
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 tablespoons almond or regular milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.25 cups Bob's low carb baking mix (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Any flavor or variety of jam, jelly, or fruit preserves
  1. Using a large mixing bowl and a hand mixer, or a stand mixer, combine the peanut butter and sugars. Beat for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed, until light & fluffy.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add and whisk together the baking mix/flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and beat JUST UNTIL COMBINED.
  3. Take the dough and shape it into a rectangular block. Use your fingers to press along the middle of the top and along the sides to form indentations along the length of the block. The dough should now resemble a loaf of bread. Wrap the loaf in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Once the dough is well chilled, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Remove dough from refrigerator and unwrap. Cut dough into slices, approximately 1/4 inch in thickness and arrange them on the prepared pan at 1-2 inches apart from one another.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Remove pan from oven and allow cookies to sit on pan for 2-3 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Once the cookies have cooled completely, use a knife to spread jam, jelly, or preserves onto the top of one cookie. Layer a second cookie on top.
Recipe adapted from Closet Cravings
If you’re looking for more back to school cookie inspiration, check out what all of the other Creative Cookie Exchange bloggers have made so far!

Pecan Chocolate Bars from The Spiced Life
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Food Lust People Love
White Chocolate Oat Cookies from Magnolia Days
Fortune Cookies from A Baker’s House
Whole Wheat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Chocolate Chip Skillet Brownies from At Home with Rebecka
Orange Cookies from Basic N Delicious
Melting Moments from All that’s Left Are the Crumbs
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pecan Cookies from If I Ever Owned A Bakery
Peanut Butter No-Bakes from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

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  1. says

    These are indeed little works of love!! My kids would adore them. This year both of my kids are in high school and for the first time in 12 years I don’t have to drive. My son has his drivers license, and on the first day I wasn’t quite sure if I should be happy or sad. 2nd day I decided I’m happy!! I’m LOVING not driving!! I only have one year of this though as he leaves for college next year.
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  2. says

    Becca, these are the cutest cookies ever! I love that they are lower in sugar since I’m in the same boat trying to shed some weight as well! Thank you so much for being a part of our Creative Cookie Exchange. You really brought it this month with our Back to School Theme, I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up for next month’s theme!

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  3. says

    Oh my these are so cute! They look like little slices of bread! I like to keep refined sugars at a minimum so I only eat them when it really matters. Otherwise, I try to let naturally sweet fruits do their job or I like honey. I like that you thought about the store bought peanut butter sugar content. And did I mention that these cookies are SO cute?! I’m going to have to try these.

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  4. Desiree says

    These are so cute! What a great idea to do a healthier version too. I agree with you, I have a hard time waiting for things to chill before continuing, its torture!

  5. Karen @BakingInATornado says

    What a cute idea. I’ve, of course, made different icebox cookies, I never thought to shape the dough. When appealing to kids, cookies are not just about the flavor. When the look is appealing you can literally see their eyes widen. I go for that look every time, and these cookies will do it.


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