Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Pb and j bars little bitty bakes

It’s back to school time (*sigh*).  So long, slow mornings and days filled with sunshine and relaxation…  I know a lot of kids already started school, and I myself start school today!

Back to school time makes me think about peanut butter and jelly.  Maybe it’s the excessive amount of pb&j sandwich lunches I ate in school growing up, or my newfound obsession with pb&j wraps for a quick breakfast (ohmygosh, so good)… or maybe it’s these peanut butter and jelly bars.

Pbandj bars

The dough for this recipe is more or less a peanut butter cookie dough, but with oats as well.  Peanut butter + oats = chewy, nutty deliciousness.

The recipe is simple to prepare: just mix up your dough, press the majority of it into your pan, spread with your jam or jelly of choice, and then sprinkle the remaining cookie dough on top.

Pbj bars

I went with strawberry jam here, since it’s what I had on hand, but I would totally be into a variation with red or black raspberry jam (both my favorites). Really though, can you go wrong?! 😉

These bars are perfect for a quick snack, simple dessert, or, a perfect ending to a school lunch! 😉

Pbj bars little bitty bakes

[print_this]Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Crisp, chewy peanut butter cookie bars with a layer of sweet strawberry jam.  Feel free to vary the recipe with your favorite flavor jam or jelly. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Makes 15 bars

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam (or preferred jam/jelly)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the butter, peanut butter, and sugar until creamy.  Add the vanilla and egg; stir until smooth.

In a separate mixing bowl, stir the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, stirring until combined.

Press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan.  Spread the jam evenly over the cookie dough.  Crumble the remaining cookie dough over the jam layer.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the bars are golden brown.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.

Adapted from this recipe.[/print_this]


6 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars”

    1. Haha, the pan was super heavy when I made these, too! So much cookie dough, plus the jam. Not a surprise you have your own version of these, as the peanut butter queen!

  1. I’m planning to make these but I don’t make bars like these very often. So what would you recommend for storage? Think they’d freeze well, wrapped individually in foil or plastic wrap?

    1. These would definitely freeze well! I actually had to freeze some of these myself to save them, and they thawed just fine. I put them in a single layer, in a zip-top plastic freezer bag.

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