Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Shortbread

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It’s not as if I lie awake at night thinking of ways to combine peanut butter and jelly. It just seems that way. I really do like the combination, obviously. (For instance, yesterday’s breakfast was peanut butter and jelly waffles from the indispensable book, The Complete Guide to Vegan Substitutions, by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman. If you don’t have it, I highly recommend it not only for the substitutions – meat, dairy, sugar, fat, eggs – but for the creative recipes.) Being in shortbread mode did nothing to stop me from cogitating the classic duo.

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Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Shortbread

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 36 1x


The classic flavors of your favorite childhood sandwich in a crisp, buttery shortbread. No refined sugar and completely, 100% vegan.


  • 8 Tbsp. vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
  • 812 Tbsp. natural peanut butter (I used PB2 to cut down on the fat content)
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. powdered stevia (such as NuNaturals)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries, chopped


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the stevia, salt, whole wheat pastry flour and quinoa flour.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, maple sugar and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and with the mixer on low, carefully add the flour mixture until it comes together like pie dough. Add the dried cherries and process a bit more. If it seems too crumbly, add a 1/4 cup or so of water.
  3. Pat the dough into a thick rectangle, cover in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out (I divided the dough in two to make it easier) to a little over 1/4″ thick. Cut or slice into desired shapes and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes – rotating pans halfway through – or until crisp and browned lightly. Let sit on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


  • Yield is dependent on how big you cut the cookies.


  • Serving Size: 18
  • Calories: 171
  • Sugar: 3
  • Sodium: 78
  • Fat: 10
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 14


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59 thoughts on “Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Shortbread

  1. Somer

    Dude, I’m all for one more joining the potluck, the more the merrier right? And anyone who is plant based AND trying to get healthy is a friend of mine!

    I need to get that PB2. I haven’t been able to find it yet. Now I have to go to whole foods for choffy and magical peanut butter. Thanks a lot 😉 That shortbread looks good enough to eat for breakfast!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Haha – magical peanut butter – love that. I had to order it as I haven’t seen it in stores yet. It’s not so good plain, but works well in recipes. And I agree – the more the merrier for the Potluck – yay!

      1. Somer

        where did you get it? I probably need to go back to your post and see that there is all ready a link there which I missed….

      2. Somer

        I will check it out, I all ready have some other things in my amazon shopping cart, including a flowbee for my dog. Ha Ha!

  2. thingsmybellylikes

    I’m also a PB&J fan (although I call it ‘jam’) and these look amazing – plus, I get to use up that quinoa flour that’s been lurking in the cupboard since before time began.

    As for adding another blogger, I say do it! More the merrier!

  3. Vanessa

    You MADE these?! I’m always looking for good snacks to make so it looks like I will be trying these out. Also – Jason should definitely join!

  4. My Plant Based Family

    The more the merrier! I am so looking forward to the potluck! I can’t wait to see all of those recipes! I should block out some time that morning to sit and drool over all that tasty food!

  5. trueindigo

    I’m sure Jason will have a great appetizer and story to share! I guess, just a reminder to make sure the appetizer folks ahead and behind him know to include his blog to link too in case they don’t read about these amazing little shortbreads. Yum!

  6. S.

    Wonderful Ann!
    Succes on your vegan potluck feast, I decided not to participate due to a lot of art school intakes this week so I’m over busy. It’s such an amazing idea, though, hoping next time I’ll be there to join all of you.

    Have a great day!

  7. tearoomdelights

    Very pretty shortbread in a pretty blue box, that would make a wonderful present. As for the potluck, I agree with everyone else: the more the merrier – come on in Jason!

  8. Barb

    What a fun recipe! And I may be partial to dudes named Jason, but I say go ahead and add him.

    On a slightly related note, I had quite the panic attack this morning when I thought I had deleted the pictures of my potluck app! I had actual palpitations! Then I found them, and all was right with the world again 🙂

  9. Brittany

    Of course let him join! I say it’s not too late until the posts are posted!! One more person means one more awesome dish!! These shortbreads look so good. I would put PB and J on top too..double the flavor blast!

  10. Choc Chip Uru

    So excited about potluck! I will be ready to go soon 😀
    And if it’s ok with you I think Jason would be a fabulous addition from the sounds of it 🙂
    Also this shortbread looks totally delicious and once again you prove vegans have more fun 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. meizac

    No. No more bloggers. Harumph! *stomps away*
    Seriously, though…yes, please add him (I was just trying out what it’d feel like to know follow the pack….) 😀

  12. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Of course let Jason join 🙂

    I have that book as well and love it! I learned so many valuable things from that book and I use it as a reference quite frequently.

    And these look fantastic! I FINALLY have some PB2 on the way to me and I can’t wait to experiment with it! PB & J will be in my future too 🙂

  13. vegancharlie

    OOO these look yummy and fancy! I love recipes that have few ingredients makes me feel like yes!! I can do this! lol and look fancy doing it 😛 I love dried cherries and I have the whole summer ahead of me too oh why not make these. nice post 😀

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Thanks! I guess when it comes down to it, I really prefer baking to cooking. But I’d be in big trouble subsisting on breads and sweets alone! Oh, btw, we loved your bok choy tacos! Oh my gosh…so good.

      1. keepinitkind

        Oh, I am so glad! I just got some more bok choy yesterday, so I think more tacos are in order!

        P.S. I saw Vegan Charlie’s vblog, and that was just so, so, so kind. Made my heart really happy. 🙂

  14. iatelunch

    I love baking, but you are inspiring me to take it to another level. I’m gonna try to start making my own sandwich bread or rolls and more. I usually stick to sweets or breakfast breads. I spent erhmmm… an hour or more today just scrolling through your old bread recipes.

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