Peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies are a healthier back-to-school treat! The cookies are filled with low sugar jelly, and shaped to look like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Kids will think they’re a fun treat, and parents will love that they’re a healthy snack option.
School is back in session, and these cookies are a lower sugar snack idea for lunch boxes or for after school snacks.
Sandwiches, particularly the peanut butter and jelly variety, seem to be popular with the lunch box crowd. This healthy cookie recipe is made in honor of that sandwich, and it will bring some smiles!
I recently joined a monthly cookie baker’s 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 BACK TO SCHOOL cookies!
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 created a lower carb cookie… one 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! We also need sugar to caramelize, giving a perfectly golden color to our cookies. That’s why I decided to make peanut butter cookies. Most store-bought peanut butter has a good deal of sugar in it, so reducing the amount of sugar in this recipe is easy.
The carbohydrates are lowered by using my favorite low-carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill. The whole grains give it a nice brown color that resembles whole wheat bread, making it the perfect choice for these cookies.
I could have made or purchased a completely sugar-free jam to use as the filling for these cookies, but I decided to use what I had on hand in the fridge. It was all-natural and a little lower in sugar, but not completely sugar-free.
Brian is the primary user of jams and jellies in our house, and I don’t usually force my low carb regime on him. It helps to keep our relationship on an even keel if I keep his tummy happy 🙂
Although it tested my patience (or lack thereof), I made the peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies icebox style. The dough is shaped into the form of a loaf of bread by pressing into the sides and top of the dough to make indents. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before slicing and baking.
Do your kids have any favorite lunch box treats that are a little on the unhealthy side? Do you need more healthy snack ideas?
Use the comments below to let me know what their favorites are, and I’ll try to make a healthier version of them!
I hope your kids love these peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies!
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