Crunchy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

We consider peanut butter and jelly to be in the classic American "comfort food" category.  So, we consider these crunchy peanut butter and jelly bars to be comfort food on steroids.  Kids, both big and small, truly love them.  And since peanut butter contains protein, in our imagination we consider these bars to be health food (wink wink).  Make some today - you'll love them.


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 and 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of your favorite jam 


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour a 9×13″ pan and line the bottom with  parchment paper
  3. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes
  4. On medium speed, add eggs and peanut butter and vanilla and beat until combined, about 2 minutes
  5. Whisk together all dry ingredients and add them to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined
  6. Transfer two-thirds of mixture to prepared pan and spread evenly
  7. Using a large spoon or offset spatula, spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture without leaving a border
  8. Dollop remaining third of peanut-butter mixture on top of jam. There will be areas of jam showing, and that is fine!
  9. Bake for 20 minutes and rotate the pan. Bake another 20 and check doneness. You may need to continue baking another 5 minutes or so. The top will be a nice golden brown when it is done
  10. Cool on a wire rack for about 45 minutes to an hour before cutting into bars

Yield:  9" x 13" pan

Prep time: 20 minutes

Bake time: 45 minutes

Recipe and photo reprinted with the permission of Liz Horne


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