Every Sunday when I was little, my parents took us to church. After Sunday school the entire congregation would gather for conversation, juice and cookies. Without fail, all the kids would run up to the table to grab handfuls of pre-packaged, jelly-filled thumbprint cookies. But even as a kid that loved sugary sweets, the mere thought of the jelly in those cookies grossed me out. I would scrape the jelly out and throw it away because it tasted more like strawberry glue/gel than the “all natural” preserves advertised on the package.

Wanting to improve on yet another childhood memory that’s still vivid in my mind AND keep with this week’s Peanut Butter and Jelly theme, I came up with these PB&J Thumbprint Cookies. I’ve recreated many of my unhealthy childhood favorites here in the pages of weelicious, only I always try to come up with a healthy version. What strikes me is how easy it is to make healthy desserts your kids will love without sacrificing taste! Instead of the hydrogenated fats and untold amounts of sugar that comprised the cookies I ate as a kid, I added naturally sweet honey, fiber-packed oats, protein-rich peanut butter and then topped them off with fresh preserves for a tasty, real fruit touch.

My kids were so excited when I put the plate of these fresh baked cookies in front of them, but the best part for me was watching Kenya react just like his mommy used to_ by digging out the preserves first. The only difference was that he put them right into his mouth!


PB&J Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup agave nectar OR 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • Jam, Jelly or Preserves



    Sodium: 65mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Calories: 80kcal | Fat: 4g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 10g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. My son has egg and peanut allergies so I left the egg out entirely (no substitute) and used soynut butter in place of the peanut butter and they turned out yummy and the consistency was great!

    2. Nicole Olsman:Great great video. Made my day and luckily for us, we got to taste the loelvy products. Inspires us to perhaps try making a stop animation one day. Maybe it will even be fantastic mr fox-esque.

    3. I just made these with my 4-year-old. There are lots of steps that are easy for kids to help with AND they are delicious!

    4. these sounded so good! i don’t know what i did wrong, but i followed the directions and mine were soooooo dry and they just crumbled when i baked them!! i had more to bake but ended up just throwing the dough away! any ideas as to why they came out this way? thanks!

    5. Without being there I can’t be sure of exactly what could have gone wrong. Cookies become dry when they are baked too long, or when there aren’t enough liquid ingredients. Did you use the full amount of agave or honey? Did you forget the egg? I’m sorry they didn’t work out! I wish I could be more help!

    6. I made these last night and they were delicious! I broke one in half today to give it to our toddler for a snack and the inside was GREEN! What could have happened? We don’t think it’s mold — it looks like some sort of chemical reaction where the jam sat. I followed the recipe exactly (with honey), but used sunflower butter because I have a peanut allergy. The brand of jam I used was Polaner’s all fruit (I used both strawberry and apricot jams, and both had the same reaction).

    7. I made these yesterday morning, and they were also green inside when I gave it to my toddler in the afternoon. I also used sunflower butter. Any idea why?

    8. I totally know about flieeng guilty when you bake. I always give away anything I bake except a couple of cookies or a brownie square or something little to snack on Way to go and be a little chef!

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