Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies {after-school snack}

I'm back! & Happy to be cooking again :) This year has been quite the year for us---especially the last couple of months.  You can see more about the new addition to our family & other going on's here

These cookies are perfect for all those pb&j lovers out there & a great after-school snack.  Use your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe-I used peanut butter spritz cookies for evenly round, decorative cookies.  Don't have a favorite? Try these.

Bake & cool your cookies as directed.

For the filling:
1/2 pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 cups (more or less) powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tb. seedless jam of your choice (I used blackberry)

Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Gradually add powdered sugar until thick and creamy.  Mix in vanilla and jam...you can add more or less jam to taste.  Add additional powdered sugar if needed to make a thick frosting.

Pipe (or smear) frosting onto the backside of one cookie, top with another to form a sandwich.  Repeat with remaining cookies.  Store filled cookies/leftover frosting in the refrigerator. Frosting will thicken as it chills.


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