Traffic Jams

Traffic Jams
Yield: about 3 dozen cookies Prep 45 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 8 mins to 10 mins


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated or packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • Green and yellow food coloring
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jelly

Make It

1. Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until blended. Beat in vanilla extract until smooth, scraping down the sides. Gradually add in flour mixture. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Shape dough into 3-inch logs. Place logs about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten to 1-inch wide rectangles. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to make three indentations in dough to look like a traffic light. Bake cookies for 4 minutes, remove from oven, and re-press indentations. Bake another 4 to 6 minutes, until edges of cookies are golden and just firm. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

4. Divide apple jelly between two small bowls and tint each with a different food coloring. Fill cookie indentations with jelly using a small spoon or, for a neater look, pipe them in using resealable plastic bags. Spoon the three colors of jelly into separate reesealable bags. Snip a very small corner from each bag and pipe a dot of jelly into each indentation on the cookies in this order: green, yellow, red, with red at the top.