Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies: Cooking With Kids

Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies
Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies | Source

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches are an American classic. With the exception of those with nut allergies, just about everyone has had a sandwich with the peanut spread and jelly. When I started to think about a cookie that my kids would really like, but is also a little different, I was making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and I thought, now why couldn't I make this into a cookie? And so here is our adventure in creating a cookie that really does taste just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: about 12 servings for a serving size of 3 cookies

Nutritional Value for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 cookies
Calories 155
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What is agave nectar?

Agave nectar is the sap from the agave plant found in Mexico. It is similar in taste and appearance to honey but it is not exact. The agave nectar has a more neutral flavor and often will take on the flavor of the substance that it is being added to and therefore is a nice substitute in many dishes.


Ingredients for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

  • 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter, I like to use the store brand. This peanut butter has no added sugar in it.
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar, if you do not use or cannot find agave nectar, you can substitute 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour, remember to sift first and then measure.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • about 4 oz. your favorite jelly or jam, The amount of jelly will depend on how much you want to put between cookies.

Instructions for Making Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix softened butter, and sugars in a bowl. Dissolve the baking soda in the water in a separate bowl, and then add to the sugar mixture.
  3. Then add peanut butter and mix completely.
  4. Sift the flour in a separate bowl and the measure 2 1/2 cups. Add flour and salt slowly to the bowl with the sugar and peanut butter and mix.
  5. Add oats and combine with a spoon.
  6. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Roll cookie dough into a small ball (about the size of a nickel) and place about an inch apart on the sheet. Remember that you will be creating a cookie sandwich so you don't want the cookie to be too big.
  7. Using a fork, gently press the cookie to flatten it slightly and then make the cross marks. Be careful not to flatten it completely.
  8. Bake in oven for 4-6 minutes. Do not over cook. You want your cookie to be a little moist and not dry and overcooked.
  9. Allow your cookies to cool completely before you add the jelly. If you add it too soon, the jelly will melt a slide out. The jelly will also allow the cookie to have a softer texture to it.

Pictures of Making Oatmeal Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Measure the agave nectar carefully.Using natural and organic ingredients help to make even your sweet treats a little healthier.Dissolve the baking soda in the water.Blend the wet ingredients together completely.  Sift the flour in a separate bowl before measuring.Level the flour to be sure that your amount is accurate.Add the oats.Mix by hand.Roll the dough into a ball.Flatten slightly.Spread the jelly on the bottom side of one cookie and then place the bottom side of another cookie to the jelly to create the sandwich.Don't worry if it gets messy, that's part of the fun!A completed sandwich cookie!
Measure the agave nectar carefully.
Measure the agave nectar carefully. | Source
Using natural and organic ingredients help to make even your sweet treats a little healthier.
Using natural and organic ingredients help to make even your sweet treats a little healthier. | Source
Dissolve the baking soda in the water.
Dissolve the baking soda in the water. | Source
Blend the wet ingredients together completely.
Blend the wet ingredients together completely. | Source
Sift the flour in a separate bowl before measuring.
Sift the flour in a separate bowl before measuring. | Source
Level the flour to be sure that your amount is accurate.
Level the flour to be sure that your amount is accurate. | Source
Add the oats.
Add the oats. | Source
Mix by hand.
Mix by hand. | Source
Roll the dough into a ball.
Roll the dough into a ball. | Source
Flatten slightly.
Flatten slightly. | Source
Spread the jelly on the bottom side of one cookie and then place the bottom side of another cookie to the jelly to create the sandwich.
Spread the jelly on the bottom side of one cookie and then place the bottom side of another cookie to the jelly to create the sandwich. | Source
Don't worry if it gets messy, that's part of the fun!
Don't worry if it gets messy, that's part of the fun! | Source
A completed sandwich cookie!
A completed sandwich cookie! | Source

What are the benefits of using agave nectar?

Agave nectar is about 25% sweeter than your typical refined sugar. Therefore one does not need to add as much to the dish or beverage that you are preparing. There are also some health benefits associated with using agave nectar. Agave nectar has a low glycemic index which allows the sugar to process more slowly in the body. This keeps the blood sugar from raising too quickly and in return releasing insulin in the body immediately.

This is a great benefit to the general eating habits of people but especially for those who are diabetics. Having two young children and a husband who is a diabetic, we are cognizant of the amount of sugar we use. We are also always on the look out for more natural alternatives since I do not want my kids to have any of the artificial sweeteners available. This becomes a great option for our family, although with anything, should be used in moderation.

Healthy Alternatives for Our Peanut Butter Cookies

While I really am not an ogre mom, I am not a fan of filling my children with processed foods, sugars and preservatives. I like to allow my kids to have treats just like any other child, but I like to try to make them as healthy as possible. By using the agave nectar in place of the refined sugar along with the natural peanut butter and adding oatmeal, it increased the healthy choices that are found in this cookie. I also use fruit only preserves for the jelly so there is no added sugar in the jelly. It is not sugar free but it has a decreased amount of sugars that you may find in a typical peanut butter cookie. And if you give the recipe a try, you will see that it really does taste just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

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Shanna11 4 years ago from Utah

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. I'm reading this while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and this sounds amazing!!!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I almost fell out of my chair laughing at your comment Shanna! When I took a bite of this cookie, I couldn't believe how much it tasted like a PBJ sandwich! You should give it a try!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

The picture makes me drool--looks so delicious. I'm sure your kids must have a blast making them. Awesome.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Your pictures look amazing!!! Yum yum yum!!! Loved how your organized everything here! Awesome!!! Take care, Kelley


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Love PB&J just not sure I want it in a cookie. rated 5 stars for kid cuteness but also for originality


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

That is an amazing top picture of the cookies! I did not know much about the agave nectar, so that was very helpful. I can't wait to try this recipe!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I always think there can't be anything better than a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but now you've changed my thinking process. These cookies must be so good. It won't be long before you cute children are able to prepare an entire meal on their own. How wonderful that they love to be in the kitchen!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Yum! That first picture has my mouth watering for a batch of these cookies. Will definitely try these out with my boys! Voted awesome and sharing!


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

Ohhhhh, ohhhh, ohhhh!!!! I must have one NOW!!! :D I love PB&J and these would be perfect to make with my two youngest ones. Thanks Cara!!! :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Cara-I'm amazed at how proficient Grace has become in the kitchen in just a few short months! And, those lashes on Alex -- to die for! LOL

You are an amazingly creative cook/baker. Nona is smiling down from heaven at her first born grandchild. :)

These look delicious and the ingredients are healthy with the agave nectar and other natural ingredients. Thanks. Make them for us when we visit this summer. haha.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great idea for a recipe! I love peanut butter and jelly and think that making it into a cookie is awesome. Bookmarking and sharing on Pinterest.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

How clever! How did we not think of this before? The only kid I've got is the one inside me but she is begging me to make these know that she's seen these!


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

Oh yes, you're darlings are DARLING!! They are having a load of fun!!! They have made the best looking PB&Js I have ever seen. Five stars for their culinary expertise!! :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is a fantastic recipe! My kids LOVE PB&J, so these cookies would make their little hearts sing! What a great recipe! I have never used agave nectar, but I will soon because I'm making this one for our next playdate!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

WOW another delicious and healthy recipe. Voted up and awesome.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm so glad anglnwu. They did have fun. My daughter enjoyed making the cookies while my son really liked spreading the jelly-he likes to be messy! :) Thanks for the visit.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Kelley! As always, I appreciate your comments and time reading.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I bet you'd like it if you tried it! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks ChaplinSpeaks. I've been working on taking better photos and I was happy with this one too! I really like substituting the agave nectar in my baking when I can. It makes me feel a little better about what we are eating.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yum! I'm glad I got you thinking about something a little different. I had a hard time resisting eating them. :) Yes, I'm shooting for my daughter preparing full meals by the time she gets to kindergarten in the fall! Just kidding! ;) Honestly though, I have a feeling there will come a time when we are fighting over the kitchen.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Great Alissa, I hope that they like them! And thanks for sharing. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Glad to hear it Beth. I hope that your two like it as much as mine did! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, she is becoming quite the chef and is really beginning to understand how to measure things. Yes, I will whip up a batch for you guys! :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Rose. I appreciate your time in reading and commenting and for your share!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I know LetitiaFT! I felt the same way. All I can say is I'm glad the inspiration hit me on the side of the head because they were delicious! (And you're always a kid at heart!)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Beth, we always have fun in the kitchen!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

So glad to hear it Leah. I hope that your other little friends like it too!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Vellur, I appreciate your comments and visit!


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tgleason 4 years ago from Idaho and Michigan

PB&J sandwiches are my husband's favorite meal, for anytime of day. I will definitely be trying these!


Marntzu 4 years ago

Never thought to try to make the cookies into a sandwich. Going to try that, voted up and useful


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I'm definitely up for a cooking show - I think the kids would be fantastic, haha! Your recipes are great, and I could see the four of them baking their little hearts out. It'll have to wait until I'm done with the apprenticeship program, though, lol!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I switched to agave nector last year and have enjoyed the added health benefit in many recipes. Great post here and one that will satisfy the sweet tooth in a good way.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Cara, these cookies sound and look delicious! I really like how you incorporated the heathy options. My 19 yr old daughter prefers organic peanut butter and she loves to bake. I foresee an oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookie in my future. yay!

I like to keep a bottle of agave handy. I agree with you on how the flavor tends to meld into the other ingredients.

Thanks for sharing another great recipe. Pinned :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Glad to hear it tgleason, hope you guys enjoy it!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I know, I couldn't believe that I hadn't thought of it until then either! Hope you like it!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I loved the suggestion on your hub to call it Kids in the Kitchen. Come on, Food Network's gotta go for it right? :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks teaches. We enjoy using agave in our recipes as well. Glad to have you stop by to read and comment.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I really hope that she gives it a try and your family enjoys it. Organic peanut butter is great but even just switching to the natural (no sugar added) makes such a difference. After using that for a while and tasting the other kind, you will find that it is really too sweet. Thanks for the pin! :)


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wynnestudios 4 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

These look awesome! My mom makes oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and I always yell at her for never making regular chocolate chip cookies. I tell her I don't like it when she puts oatmeal in them.... of course I end up eating them!

Since these have oatmeal in them, I wasn't quite sure what I thought. After reading your whole article, I was craving these suckers by the end. I applaud you for changing my mind about oatmeal in cookies. Thanks for the great hub!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

YUM! This looks wonderful! I also have to say that you have your kiddos in many of your hubs - you're actually creating an online scrapbook for them. I just thought of that. Hehe.

I am going to have to try the agave nectar. I've used sucanat in recipes, as well as organic honey and other organic sweeteners. The agave sounds great, though! Beautiful pictures and a great idea for moms everywhere! :)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is a beautiful hub with great content! Thanks for sharing your childrens special time with you!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Good job I only have one kid and she's 17 now so not as much of a cokie monster as when she was a little 'un. I will definitely make these cos I love peanut butter!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Those PB&J cookies look delish! What a clever idea. It sounds like a pretty healthy treat thanks to the agave nectar....and I am glad to be in the loop here on a.g. I never heard of it before, will be checking for it. Cool Hub!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

That's funny Cyndi because my mom said the same thing about the online scrapbook. I hope they enjoy looking back at these fun times we had! Glad you enjoyed the hub. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You're welcome Angela. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Glad to hear it Jools! You definitely don't have to be a kid to enjoy these cookies. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It is certainly not a completely healthy but healthy than the typical peanut butter cookie. Glad you learned about agave nectar. It is a nice, healthy alternative to processed white sugar.

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