No Bake Thumbprint Cookies

No-bake peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray!
No-bake peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray!

Do you know what I love about making no-bake cookies? Well, it’s that you don’t have to bake them! I love homemade cookies – like love, love – but getting up and putting a new tray in the oven every 9-12 minutes is just too much of a commitment. With these no-bake thumbprints that’s a non-issue. Just 5 ingredients, a few minutes shaping them, and a long chill in the fridge and you’re golden. Does life get any better?!

A lot of recipes for no-bake thumbprint cookies just call for peanut butter, butter and sugar. Those recipes are tasty, but the dough can be a little dense and lacking in texture. I’ve solved that problem here by mixing in some granola – it gives these cookies that classic baked cookie crunch. You can use any flavor granola you have on hand, but I love how the flavor of honey nut granola complements the peanut butter cookie base. For the best results, use a fine granola or break up any big clumps – you want it to look mostly like loose oats.

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No Bake Thumbprint Cookies

No-bake peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray!

  • Author: Lauren Keating
  • Prep Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 24 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup honey nut granola, big clumps broken up
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam, or other red jam of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter and butter.
  2. Stir in the powdered sugar and granola to form a soft dough.
  3. Roll the dough into 24 balls and place in a single layer on a parchment-lined tray. Press your thumb or the back of a greased spoon into each ball to create a small indentation in each cookie and fill each indentation with jam.
  4. Chill 1 hour, or until firm. Store in the refrigerator.

No-bake peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray!
No-bake peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray!

Lauren Keating

Lauren has been cooking for as long as she can remember and shares her recipes at Healthy-Delicious.com, where she features on easy weeknight meals with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. She completed the professional plant-based cooking certification from Rouxbe cooking school and enjoys using plant-based cooking techniques to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and grains into traditional recipes in unique ways. Food-obsessed from a young age, her first words included “cookie” and “eat meat!”