Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

Amanda Powell | A Cookie Named Desire

Tasty peanut butter and jelly bars are childhood reimagined. These incredible bars will become your new favorite snack.

I think it’s safe to say that peanut butter and jelly has been a classic favorite for most of America. The only people who I know who don’t have an undying love for peanut butter and jelly are people who can’t have peanut butter.

There’s just something about that creamy stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth peanut butter and sweet, fruity jam that puts an immediate smile on everyone’s face.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Photo

For years I’ve gone without peanut butter and jelly anything. I admit that I never even really thought about it until my daughter discovered it for the first time thanks to my mom. Suddenly, we are both sitting around and enjoying pb&j sandwiches and I can’t remember how I’ve gone so long without one.

Now all I can think about is peanut butter and jelly everything and what better than a few slices of peanut butter and jelly bars and an ice cold glass of milk?

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I’ve never been much for bars or slices. They were never a big part of my life growing up. That’s exactly why I needed to make these bars.

Because if peanut butter and jelly is so good, how amazing are bars and how long must I go without? Bars are amazing. They are the best. Peanut butter and jelly bars, well, they are everything.

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Most of the time, especially in the summer, I will say make your own jam. It is quick and easy to put together and the taste is unparalleled. But, you know what? We want classic everything here.

So unless your mom raised you with only homemade jam in your life, you will want to have something more close to what you had as a child. So, go for the store-bought stuff and slather it all over these bars.

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Grape jelly is great, but if I am honest, raspberry jam is, well, my jam. It is so delicious, especially in these peanut butter and jelly bars. 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

    9 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large Egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Raspberry Jam, or favorite flavor
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Peanuts, optional


  1. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving the edges hanging over the sides.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and peanut butter and beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Press 3/4 of the dough into the bottom of the pan and press firmly.
  4. Top with the jam and then drop pieces of the remaining dough on top of the jam.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, placing aluminum foil over the pan halfway through.
  6. Allow to cool completely. Run a knife all along the edges of pan and use the edges of the parchment paper to life the bars out of the pan. Cut into small bars.
  7. Best if stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 


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Author: Amanda Powell
Recipe Yields: 9 bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 70 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Recipe 9

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 202
Calories 462

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g
  Saturated Fat 10g
Sodium 139mg
Total Carbohydrate 53g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 35g
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amanda Powell

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