PB&J Bars recipe

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peanutbutter & jelly bars! My favorite snack!

Gooey, peanut-buttery, and sweet, these bars are even more addictive and delicious than their bread-encased cousin, the good ‘ole PB & J sandwich. They should cool for a little while after coming out of the oven, but who has that kind of self-control?



Servings: 18 servings
PB & J Bars
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Author: JB
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: PB and J bars, peanut butter and jam, peanut butter and jelly, Peanut Butter Bars

Your favorite sandwich turned dessert bar

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup strawberry jam or jam of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Do not preheat your oven.
  2. By hand or with a mixer, cream together sugar, peanut butter, and butter. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a seperate bowl or large plastic ziplock bag, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly, mixing thoroughly, until a thick dough forms.
  5. Press 3/4 of the peanut butter dough into the bottom of a parchment paper-lined 9x13 baking dish. Place the dish in the fridge to chill for at least an hour, but no more than 1 day, allowing the butter to re-solidify. Place the other 1/4 of peanut butter dough in the freezer until ready to use, this will make it easier to crumble over the top of the bars before baking.
  6. When ready to bake, heat the strawberry jam in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until the jam is slightly more liquid. Spread it evenly over the peanut butter dough in the pan.
  7. Remove the rest of the peanut butter dough from the freezer and crumble it over the jam-covered dough in the pan.
  8. Bake in a non-preheated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until the top crust is golden brown and the jam is bubbly.
  9. Allow the bars to cool before attempting to slice, or you may have a sticky yet delicious mess on your hands.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 215, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 155mg, Potassium: 110mg, Carbohydrates: 31g, Sugar: 21g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 170%, Vitamin C: 1.7%, Calcium: 31%, Iron: 0.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)



3 comments on “PB&J Bars recipe”

  1. I made these with my kids at day care this week. They LOVED them! But, I did have to cook them longer than 20 minutes. My cooking time was almost 40 minutes and they were still moist & gooey.

  2. My son would love this! Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Delicious Dish Tuesday 🙂

  3. This is such a sweet idea! My kiddos love a good pb & J, so we will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Monday Funday link party!

    Take care,


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