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Overhead photo of peanut butter and jelly bars in white square pan
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are rich and peanut buttery, slathered with jam and the perfect lunch box or after school treat!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie bars
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/3 cup lightly salted dry roasted nuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

  3. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add butter and peanut butter and mix on medium speed for one minute until combined. Add sugars and continue to mix until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just incorporated.

  4. Transfer half of the dough to the prepared baking dish. Press evenly into the bottom of the dish. Spread the preserves evenly over the dough. Add small clumps of the remaining dough over the top of the jam. (as pictured) Sprinkle with the dry roasted nuts. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from over and cool on wire rack. Cut into 9 large squares and the cut each square in half on the diagonal. Bars can be stored in airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.