PB&J Graham Cracker Thumbprints

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Ahhh! It’s officially Christmas cookie season and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Consider this my first of many efforts to make your holiday season a little bit more simple and  delicious. The great news? This just happens to be a 1-bowl, 7 ingredient,  30-minute recipe! I love (baking) simplicity.

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The ingredients list for these cookies is simple:

Peanut Butter
Graham crackers
Brown Sugar
Unbleached flour
Vegan butter

That’s it! I can almost bet you have all of these items on hand. I love it when that happens.

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In addition to the ingredients being minimal, the process is about as simple as it gets. Simply mix your wet ingredients in one bowl, add in your dry, mix and you’re good to go! Just roll those babies out and them give them a thumbprint. Playing with your food = so much fun.

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After a short 10 minutes in the oven simply top them with warmed jam and they’re ready to eat. I sprinkled mine with a bit more graham cracker crumbs and thought it the perfect finish to a perfect peanut butter cookie.

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The important stuff: What do they taste like? Kind of incredible.

A little crisp on the outside
Oh-so tender on the inside
Packed with PB flavor
Not-too sweet
And the perfect combination of flavors.

I mean, peanut butter, jelly and graham crackers are kind of meant to be together.

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Even better news? They travel well and somehow get better the second day! I love it when that happens.

They’re also fairly customizable. If you aren’t a peanut butter fan, sub almond butter. And if you don’t like jam (who are you?), sub Nutella, a mini PB cub or a square of dark chocolate! Dream big and eat (cookies) often this December. Happy baking, friends!

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PB&J Graham Cracker Thumbprints
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Tender vegan peanut butter thumbprint cookies with strawberry jam graham crackers. Just 7 ingredients, 30 minutes and 1 bowl required.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 20
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs + more for topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup natural salted peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance (vegan butter), softened, or coconut oil
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water)
  • 10 Tbsp jam of choice (I used strawberry)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare flax egg, set aside.
  3. Beat peanut butter and butter together until light and fluffy. Add flax egg, brown sugar and stir.
  4. Add graham crumbs and stir to combine. Then add in flour a little bit at a time until a firm dough forms – you don’t want it to be crumbly. It should take about 1/2 cup.
  5. Scoop out 1 packed Tbsp worth of dough and gently form/roll into balls. Moisten your hands with olive or canola oil if they aren’t molding easily. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  6. Flatten balls gently with the bottom of a glass and use your thumb or finger to make an indention.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven. The indentions should’ve puffed up, so press them back down a little and them pop back in the oven to brown up a little more – 2-3 minutes until slightly golden brown. Be careful not to over-bake or they’ll be too crunchy.
  8. Let rest on pans for a few minutes then transfer to cool on wire racks. Once the cookies are cooled, heat your jam until warm and pourable in a saucepan over medium-low heat or in the microwave. Then spoon small amounts (~1 tsp) of your jam into the middle of each cookie. Sprinkle with a few more graham cracker crumbs and serve immediately.
  9. Let cool completely before covering. To store, cover and keep at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 112 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 52 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2 g


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    • says

      Cindy, good question! I added it as a caution in the recipe because you should add the flour a little at a time (as you see in the instructions). However, I just removed the asterisk because I can see how that could be confusing. Hope that helps! thanks again :D

  1. says

    Oh my goodness! They are mmmmmmmmm GOOD! Love the crunchy texture and the way the jelly adds a bit of pizazz. Can’t wait to try them with a dab of chocolate, my favorite food group!

    Thanks for the recipe. :o)

  2. kris says

    I want to make these but im not sure what natural pb you mean, is it the kind with the oil on top that you have to mix in or is it the kind that says natural but you dont need to stir before using? Thanks so much

    • says

      Yes, natural PB as in the kind that you have to stir. But really, any kind should be fine as long as it’s not the sweetened stuff or one with hydrogenated oils. You really just want peanuts and salt. Hope that helps!

  3. says

    I am loving the combination of flavors here! The cookies are so adorable and look totally delicious and addictive. I absolutely love graham crackers in anything. This cookie dough (unbaked) looks like something I could eat definitely get used to eating with a spoon.

  4. Grace says

    According to Web, Graham Cracker is like a whole-wheat flour, unsalted butter, brown sugar with honey and cinnamon. There is nothing like that in a pre-packaged biscuit in Australia! Maybe I will have to learn how to cook Graham Crackers.

  5. Leigh says

    There is something about the thumbprint cookie that screams Christmas to me. Add to that PB, J AND Graham flavours together how could it be anything but sensational! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for all these great, easy to make recipes and beautiful step-by-step photos too!

    As a side note to Grace from Australia – making your own graham crackers would be worth the effort! They are very yummy! Should you want to try this cookie RIGHT NOW (like I do) you could probably substitute a digestive type cookie and maybe add a pinch of cinnamon.

  6. rachel says

    Ok…I seriously have an addiction to peanut butter. It is pretty much my favourite food. I made these for the holidays, and my non-vegan friends and family were also huge fans of these cookies. I will be making these often! :)


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