Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I made some PB&J bars yesterday.  I was hoping to give some away to my friend Lisa and my neighbors, and send the rest off with Chris to share with his co-workers.  I sent an email out to my neighbors first to see if anyone may want them before I distribute them, as not everyone likes the combination or peanut butter for that matter.  I was pleasantly surprised to find so many takers! Not sure if it was the free baked goods or that they really liked PB&J.  In the end, I was only able to send four pieces off with Chris *sad face* :(.

These are rich, dense (thanks to all that butter and sugar) and wickedly good! So if you’re not watching that waistline this summer, go bake yourself a batch of these.  You’ll be glad you did.  Have a great weekend!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of jam (I used strawberry)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9″ x 13″-inch baking pan.

Using a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Then add vanilla extract, eggs and peanut butter.  Continue to beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

Spread 2/3 of the batter mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.  Spread jam over the batter, leaving about 1/2 inch around the sides without jam.  Using a teaspoon, drop the remaining dough over the jam.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges start to brown and the toothpick/cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let the bars cool completely before cutting into the pan.

Adapted from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


56 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  1. OMG!!! These were wonderfully scrumptious!! Thank you so much for sharing these mouth watering treats. I feel so bad that Chris could only take 4 pieces. 😦 My tummy is very satisfied. 😀

  2. These were really tasty! They really go well with milk or something else to wash it down, the bars are nice and dense, but then you get those pockets of jelly that taste so good! It really brought back childhood memories. I used to live off of PB&J’s.

  3. Wow, these bars look incredible Anne! I love peanut butter and strawberry jam, always brings back great childhood memories! Thank you for sharing and pinning on my list to try 🙂 Happy Friday and have a great weekend Anne:)

  4. This seems like fate. My favorite chocolate shop back in Seattle makes a PB&J truffle and I just made strawberry-rhubarb jam last night … My waistline may be cursing you 😉 but my taste buds are busting out the flags 🙂

  5. If only none of us had to spend a minute thinking about that pesky waistline. These look totally worth it though! They look incredibly moist and I can just imagine the aroma out of the oven…

  6. Mmm I might just consider becoming your neighbour, I would never say no! I love nuts in all forms. I am sure they tasted very nice. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Hi Anne,
    I hope you don’ mind my asking a question outside the post. I want to know, if possible, how you added the pin it button below each image on this post. I spent the whole night googling and found some long tedious way of doing it. Would prefer a shorter method. Thanks and have a great weekend!!!

  8. PB&J is the one food Americanism that makes me go weak at the knees. As soon as I’m back from beaching it in France (when I can stop watching the waistline!) I’ll try making this, thanks 🙂

  9. I’m surprised to hear that anyone doesn’t like PB&J! No judgement but I just love it so much that I am completely biased. The only thing better than a PB&J sandwich is these bars. I am pinning this to make as soon as possible! Bikini season be damned!

  10. I know, right? I’d snap these up if my neighbour offered me some. But I think I’ll be making these for me, myself & I. 😉

  11. I love peanut butter and jam. If this is wickedly good, I guess I should just give it a try…occasionally 🙂 Thank you for sharing this great recipe Anne.

  12. I love love love PBJ. Love how dense these bars are! Like pure peanut butter in bar form. I am craving a big peanut butter and jelly sandwich right now.

  13. What lucky neighbors! I bet they love getting your baked goods – and how sweet you are to share! I love pb & jelly in baked goods. These are calling my name – loudly! Delectable.

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