peanut butter and jelly bars on a white plate with a title

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?



peanut butter and jelly bars on a white plate with a title
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PB & J Bars Recipe

Your favorite sandwich turned dessert bar
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Author The Shortcut Kitchen



  • Do not preheat your oven.
  • By hand or with a mixer, cream together sugar, peanut butter, and butter. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a seperate bowl or large plastic ziplock bag, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly, mixing thoroughly, until a thick dough forms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove the rest of the peanut butter dough from the freezer and crumble it over the jam-covered dough in the pan.
  • 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.
  • Allow the bars to cool before attempting to slice, or you may have a sticky yet delicious mess on your hands.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 110mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American



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  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. 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,