Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry-Orange Glaze

A peanut butter and jelly twist on traditional shortbread cookies for the holidays! Peanut butter shortbread is topped with a tart glaze to make these Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry-Orange Glaze.

Two cookies on white plate in front of glass of milk

Peanut butter has been one of the random foods I’ve started digging ever since I got pregnant.

Sure, I would eat it on an apple or in a sandwich occasionally pre-pregnancy, especially while marathon training, but it was never something I couldn’t get enough of or would eat straight from the jar.

Pregnancy has turned me into a peanut butter monster.

And I’m OK with this.

Overhead view of peanut butter shortbread cookies on baking sheet

These cookies were born from that peanut butter craving and wanting to have a peanut butter cookie offering for this year’s Christmas Cookie Week. After testing out a few recipes and not really liking any of them, I wondered if I could add peanut butter to a shortbread cookie.

So I did some tinkering… and they turned out beautifully!

Sure, they’re not traditional Christmas cookies, but they’re pretty darn scrumptious.

Overhead view of three cookies on white plate with glass of milk

They kind of taste like a PB&J sandwich in a cookie… and I’m not complaining about it at all. Especially since the tartness of the glaze really sets off the peanut butter flavor and reminds me of my childhood, all in one bite.

Here’s how you can make these beauties in your own kitchen:

Three peanut butter shortbread cookies on white plate next to glass of milk
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry-Orange Glaze

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A peanut butter and jelly twist on traditional shortbread cookies for the holidays! Peanut butter shortbread is topped with a tart glaze to make these Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry-Orange Glaze.

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, , softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Raspberry-Orange Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer (or a stand mixer).
  2. Add the vanilla extract and milk. Combine with the butter/sugar mixture until smooth and well incorporated.
  3. Sift together the flour and salt, then add to the wet ingredients, beating until the batter just comes together.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  5. While the dough is chilling, make the glaze.
  6. Heat the seedless jam in a microwave-safe bowl. When warm, whisk together with the orange juice until smooth. Set aside.
  7. Once your dough has finished chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside for later use.
  8. Scoop out 1" rounds of the dough, placing evenly on the baking sheet. Using a fork, flatten the tops of the cookies using criss-cross marks.
  9. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes (or until slightly browned and crisp).
  10. Let cool on a wire rack, then drizzle with the glaze and enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from last year's Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies recipe.

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Three peanut butter shortbread cookies on white plate next to glass of milk

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Want to join in on this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for another gorgeous holiday-themed sweet recipe!

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8 Comments

  1. Peanut butter is probably my very favorite food to eat. I just love it. Put it in cookie form and I’m there. Add raspberry orange-glaze – yum! They look delicious!

  2. I think Santa is going to gain weight this holiday. Think of all the cookies he eats, but I bet he will like the cranberry glaze.

  3. These look wonderful! I love the idea of drizzling them with the raspberry. I’m going to be eating nothing but cookies for WEEKS.

  4. My sister is such a huge peanut butter fan. She would love these. I’d love to have the raspberry orange glaze on top of cheesecake. Yum!

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