New This Month

Peanut-Butter-and-Jam Heart Cookies


Enjoy the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly in a new way: The lunch-box pair gets made over into adorable cookies.

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  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2011


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam, stirred to loosen


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat butter and sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, then egg. Reduce speed to low, and beat in flour mixture until dough forms. If dough is sticky, refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Press into 1 3/4-inch rounds. Press hearts into centers using your fingertips. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and reshape hearts using your fingertips or the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill indentation of each with a generous 1/2 teaspoon jam to form a heart. Bake until cookies are firm, 6 to 7 minutes more.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Reviews Add a comment

  • paulakdvgmail
    15 FEB, 2016
    Loved it! Not difficult to make - I did add a small amount (less than 1 Tbs) of almond milk to make the batter hold together better. Very cute and tasty cookies. Just made the hearts by pressing with my index finger, and re-pressed them after 12m of cooking as specified. Used Trader Joe's low sugar raspberry jam. Cooking times listed were right on. Perfect for Valentine's Day; will make again.
  • Whistler mom
    5 FEB, 2014
    HI, I was wondering what we could substitute peanut butter with so the kids could take it to their "nut free" school. Thank you!
  • Kittenploof
    6 AUG, 2012
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. Made these cookies for my boyfriend on Valentine's Day and on our anniversary. Both times were a hit. Simple to make and super adorable. Highly recommend!
  • ClaremontKim
    11 FEB, 2011
    very good, surprisingly easy! don't let the dough get too cold or it will be difficult to deal with!
  • LovesLifeGal
    10 FEB, 2011
    My original dough was very dry and crumbly. When I went to flatten the dough balls they just cracked all around the edges. I added a bit of milk, and then rolled the dough out flat and cut rounds out, then did the hearts. This worked much better. The cookies themselves aren't very peanut butter tasting. I might add some chopped peanuts next time.
  • hannahlj
    9 FEB, 2011
    These were great! My batch came out to be about 28 cookies. The only things I changed was using chunky peanut butter and adding some vanilla.
  • PEG52
    4 FEB, 2011
    how does one make the hearts?
  • AnKsMemere
    4 FEB, 2011
    Is there a template for the tags? Love them.
  • mharvey2
    4 FEB, 2011
    These cookies were great! Had a little bit of a hard time keeping the heart formation during baking, had to repress after first 12 minutes. I also used strawberry jam instead of raspberry and it was a good touch but if I ever remake them I'll try raspberry. Overall great cookie!