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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of jam or jelly I used strawberry


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Turn speed to low and add vanilla, eggs and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. With the mixer still on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix until all combined.
  • Spread 2/3 of the dough evenly into the greased baking dish.
  • Spread the jelly evenly over the dough. With the remaining dough, drop spoonfuls evenly over the jam. (Don't worry if it doesn't cover it completely, it will spread as it bakes.)
  • Bake 40-45 or until golden brown. Let cool atleast 30 minutes before cutting into squares!


Yields: 12 large bars or 24 small