Prep Time
20 Mins
Bake Time
45 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
24 bars

Try this recipe that's a new twist on a classic. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars combine those oh-so-tasty flavors that we all know and love into a dessert bar that the whole family will appreciate. Bonus: no bread crusts to cut off!

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Step 2

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Lower speed; add egg, vanilla and peanut butter and beat until combined.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Set aside 1/2 cup dough.

Step 4

Using your fingertips, press remaining dough into an even layer in pan. Spread preserves over dough. Crumble reserved 1/2 cup dough over preserves and then sprinkle with peanuts and peanut butter chips.

Step 5

Bake until golden and bubbly, 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars.

Chef's Notes

This recipe also appeared in the September 2007 issue.

Ratings & Reviews

Dollmakervbar's Review

June 06, 2013
Oh Wow! These bars are great! Made them exactly as the recipe was written, except that I didn't have a 9 x 13 mine was 9.5 x 13.5, but it worked out just fine. I used Dry Roasted Peanuts and pulsed them a bit in a mini food processor. Heaven. Hubby loves them too.

SpokaneBaker's Review

December 07, 2010
Oh my gosh! We used to have this great bakery - Cielo Bakery - in Spokane that made the most wonderful peanut butter & jelly bars. Then they closed and I have been craving them ever since. These bars are exactly like Cielo Bakery's!! I make them in a 9x9 pan instead of the 13x9 so they're thicker, and leave off the peanut butter chips. Maybe bake another 5 minutes, but not long.