These are best with a tart jelly filling.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Blend in peanut butter, salt, egg, vanilla and flour. Mix well.

  • Shape dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Press your thumb into the center of each ball, creating a 1/2 inch depression.

  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and cool on a rack. Fill the centers with a tart jelly/fruit preserve.

Nutrition Facts

190 calories; 12.5 g total fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 103 mg sodium. 16.7 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
I won first place with this recipe! I did not do the jam-thing instead I pressed a Peanut butter cup to the center at about 7 minutes into baking and I WAS A BIGTIME WINNER WITH MY CO-WORKERS..THANK YOU! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2005
Easy to make but rather dull...they do not expand during baking and the texture is sort of cardboardy (I can't think of another way to describe it). They needed more peanut butter flavor. I filled mine with melted chocolate. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
I won first place with this recipe! I did not do the jam-thing instead I pressed a Peanut butter cup to the center at about 7 minutes into baking and I WAS A BIGTIME WINNER WITH MY CO-WORKERS..THANK YOU! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
I won first place with this recipe! I did not do the jam-thing instead I pressed a Peanut butter cup to the center at about 7 minutes into baking and I WAS A BIGTIME WINNER WITH MY CO-WORKERS..THANK YOU! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2005
Great recipe. I made balls of dough and dipped them in a cinnamon&sugar mixture before baking.. added just a little more sweetness as I had run out of jam. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2010
I added a pinch of baking powder after reading the reviews on how they didn't spread out and these came out beautiful. I also dipped them in beaten egg whites and then rolled in crushed up peanuts. I then just used choc. chips in the center and red raspberry preserves and returned to the oven for one minute. They came out great with my changes! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2005
Easy to make but rather dull...they do not expand during baking and the texture is sort of cardboardy (I can't think of another way to describe it). They needed more peanut butter flavor. I filled mine with melted chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2007
These were amazing! I did the first dozen with melted chocolate chips (35s in the microwave with a touch of butter)... they did not make it to the photo though!! Thanks for this recipe... A new family tradition at our house! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2007
This is a great recipe...I used raspberry preserves and strawberry jam on a few dozen each then drizzled the tops with melted white chocolate..awesome! Thanks for this easy cookie dough recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2008
i doubled the recipe planning to use it as hostess gifts. that should have made 6 dozen according to the recipe but i only got about 4 1/2 which wasn't enough. also i found the texture dry and not peanut butter-y enough. it was ok but i wouldn't use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2003
Melt in your mouth delicious! I used apple preservatives! YUM!:P Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2008
I'd give this recipe 10 stars if I could. What a fantastic idea! I've renamed them 'PB&J cookies'. They actually taste like a bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I have no idea why other reviews were so bad. 'Cardboard' taste? Hardly! They're perfect. I also filled some w/melted chocolate. 'Reese's cookies'. A new tradition for the holidays!!!! Read More
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