Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are a fun alternative to regular peanut butter cookies. Kids and kids at heart just gobble them right up!

I still enjoy a good PB&J every once in awhile, as long as the bread and jam are both homemade. Yum! My four year old won’t eat a peanut butter and jam sandwich. How crazy is that? I’ve never heard of a kid who didn’t like them. She’s a strictly cheese quesadilla/cheese sandwich girl when it comes to lunch. She did love these bars though. 🙂

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - a classic childhood favorite, made into a decadent treat. You are sure to love them!

They are pretty simple to make, and only call for five ingredients. Just a yummy peanut butter and jam layer sandwiched between two layers of buttery crumb crust.  Served warm they are an ooey gooey treat that is rich and delicious.

After cooled down, they are crunchy and chewy with a gooey layer in the middle. I like them best cooled. Either way, make sure you have a tall glass of milk.

Recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I used homemade raspberry jam (it is my absolute favorite), but you can use any flavor you like.
Like PB & J's? You will love these Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars!

These bars are so easy to make, and are the perfect throwback to your favorite childhood sandwich.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Yield: 16 servings

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Buttery shortbread bars with peanut butter chips and a jam filled center.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup jam or jelly of your choice (I used raspberry)
  • 1 2/3 cups Reese’s peanut butter chips, divided


  1. Mix together flour, brown sugar, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Use a pastry blender or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients till mixture is crumbly. Stir in egg till dough forms. Set aside 1 cup of the dough.
  2. Press remaining dough in the bottom of a well greased 8″ pan. Spread jam evenly over the dough. Sprinkle 1 cup of the chips evenly over the jam. Stir remaining chips into the reserved dough. Break dough into bits and sprinkle over the top.
  3. Bake in a preheated 375° for about 25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool completely, then cut into bars.

Here are a few other yummy peanut butter bars you can try!
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars/Peanut Butter Truffle Bars/Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

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