Well-made: Best cookies ever (PB&J shortbread)

I don’t normally do this (share recipes), but these are just too amazing to keep to myself (like how you always want to tell EVERYONE any sort of good news).

PB&J shortbread, delicious like my childhood 🙂

Jessica’s PB&J Shortbread:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar (I like organic raw cane sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (I like organic creamy peanut butter)
  • 2 cups flour (I like whole wheat pastry flour — I’m sure regular flour works too)
  • 1/2 cup jam (I like blackberry jam)
  • cookie cutters (I like heart shaped — always)

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Make sure butter is softened (not a melty puddle). Cream softened butter and sugar in a bowl. Add peanut butter and mix together. Then add flour, one cup at a time, folding it into the mixture. Once you have dough, roll it out and make shapes using your cookie cutters. Put the cookies on a nonstick baking pan. In the middle of each cookie, make a small indentation with your finger. Place a little bit of jam (I would say about 1/4 teaspoon) into the indentation. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees. When you take your cookies out, they’ll be soft, so let them sit in the cookie sheet for a couple minutes to firm up before you move it to a wire rack to fully cool. And you’re done. Now you can relive your childhood memories for dessert. You’re welcome.

If you don’t like jam, these cookies go well with chocolate or just by themselves. They also go well with a cold glass of milk followed by a game of tag.

In lieu of a proper update, 2010 year in review

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
– have a real job
– pay bills, clean my house, basically things that grownups do
– live away from my parents

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I lost that list, so I don’t remember any of them, so it’s probable that I didn’t keep any of them. That said, I’m only making one resolution, which is to be my true self.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Desirae, and Dakota Jaclyn is absolutely beautiful!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I know of.

5. What countries did you visit?
I stayed stateside for this one.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2011?
– I no longer view things from a mindset that I lack anything, so nothing.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 30, 2010 — My first day of work!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finally landing a sweet job.

9. What was your biggest failure?
It’s not possible for me to fail at anything, so nothing.

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