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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

posted by Julie Evink on April 22, 2013

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars ~ An American Classic ~ How can you not love them? via #recipe

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again! Another month has flown by again. I feel like I say this quite frequently in life and it kind of scares the living daylights out of me. Life just flies by!

This month I was assigned the blog The Avid Appetite. Rachel has a wonderful blog over there and an even cuter little baby, Penelope. As a new mom Rachel had me at hello. I was off to find some recipes and I ended up choosing the Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars. Oh My Goodness. Get in my mouth now. Is it weird I’m sitting her dreaming about them sitting at home on my counter? They are that good.

I’ve actually been eying these bars up whenever I come across them but for some reason the thought of PB&J that wasn’t on my toast was kind of freaking me out. Now, reflecting back on this, I have no idea why I was such a scaredy cat. I’m glad I found these over on Rachel’s blog and it gave me the final push to make them. My life forever has changed. Obviously PB&J is not meant just for my toast.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 c. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c. jam of your choosing
  • 2/3 C salted peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla and peanut butter. Mix until combined.
  3. Add flour and baking powder. Mix until well combined.
  4. Spread 2/3 of the batter mixture onto the bottom of the pan. Spread jam over the batter. Leave about 1/2 inch around the sides without jam. Drop the remaining dough over the jam, in about teaspoon size drops.
  5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the edges start to brown. Remove from from oven.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 8806kcal Calories from fat 4164
% Daily Value
Total Fat 463g712%
Saturated Fat 174g870%
Transfat 8g
Cholesterol 860mg287%
Sodium 781mg33%
Carbohydrate 1053g351%
Dietary Fiber 41g164%
Sugars 609g
Protein 170g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Feast on the Cheap

    Annnnd my mouth is watering

    • Julie Evink

      I know…I’m thinking I need to make another batch tonight!

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina

    Seriously, this may be the best amped up version of PB & J I’ve ever seen!

    • Julie Evink

      Yes I think it is! Thanks Jen 🙂

  • Joy @ Baking-Joy

    These look so delicious! New Facebook follower 🙂

  • Taryn

    Is there any better flavor combination?! These look great!

  • Melissa

    Absolutely delicious!

  • veronica gantley

    What a great recipe and looks super tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  • gloria

    Love these bars look awesome!

  • Debra

    So much peanut butter this month for SRC posts! I love it!

    • Julie Evink

      Peanut Butter in anything, almost, is a winner in my book!

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  • Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    These bars look wonderful~ I have always wanted to make Peanut Butter and Jelly bars but never have~ Think I’ll give this recipe a try~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    • Julie Evink

      I was the same way Lynn! Trust me. Make them now. You won’t regret it!

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Yummy!!! Your dish looks and sounds incredibly tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  • heather

    ok, so I think my husband can eat the whole pan of these… yum, peanut butter and jelly rocks. I think these would be a good breakfast food 😉

    • Julie Evink

      My hubby thought they passed for breakfast too!

  • Karen - Cinnamon Freud

    Yum- love the sandwich, love it even better as a dessert. Definitely going to try making these soon.

    • Julie Evink

      Yes. Yes Karen way better as a sweet treat!

  • Trisha

    This sounds like some serious yum!!! Great pick for SRC, I’m stopping by from Group A!

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to be a part of it –

  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    yess I love PB&J cakes, desserts, etc. I’m loving these bars!! Great recipe.

  • Rhonda

    Peanut, Peanut Butter and Jelly. I can’t help but hear my kids singing this childhood song. I’m sure they would be singing it for these bars too! Something are just meant to be together.

    • Julie Evink

      Haha I haven’t heard that song in forever!!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I’ll never ever ever be too old for PB&J — it’s still one of my favorites to this day! In fact, I had it for breakfast, haha. These bars look SUPER yum!

    • Julie Evink

      I think this could pass for breakfast, well my hubby did at least!

  • Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook

    Oh boy, these look awesome! I am such a sucker for PB & J.

    • Julie Evink

      Me too, but now I’m craving a PB&J sandwich after this post!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    You had me at peanut butter & jelly! Can’t wait to make these – while I adore brownies, these would a wonderful switch up (and I’m sure kids would love them too – if not, more for me 🙂

  • Tonia@thegunnysack

    I love peanut butter and jelly bars! I made some recently using a white cake mix and we loved them! Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    I love these Julie!!! Wish I had a batch right now…

    • Julie Evink

      If you did, I might just invite myself over for a few 🙂

  • Veronica

    Why did I think it was a good idea to read your blog at 2 am when I should be sleeping and NOT baking these delicious bars?! Because that’s all I want to do now. Wow, your pictures just sucked me right in. Wow. So making these. Maybe not at 2 am….or maybe yes.

    • Julie Evink

      Haha you make me giggle, but what on earth are you doing up at that hour?! Go to bed!!

      • Veronica

        LOL, that’s just how I roll. I get off work at 11 pm and usually stay up until 2 am…or 6. lol

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Oh yum, these look fantastic and I have everything I need too, don’t you just love that? Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

    • Julie Evink

      Yes I love recipes like that. I am a total cravings person so that helps me out, well maybe not. It might help my hips if I didn’t have the ingredients!

  • kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty

    great photographs!! i love the way you styled the PB & J!

    …also, your bars look fantastic.

    Happy SRC reveal from a group C member!!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Kristy. I love when someone compliments my pictures…I struggle with them so much!!!

  • Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    Peanut butter and jelly – oh, one cannot go wrong with this classic combo and these bars look amazing!

  • The Better Baker

    Oh Lands! You sure sucked me in with that big spoonful of peanut butter…I’m heading to the kitchen for some now. LOL This sounds like a fabulous treat. Thanks so much for sharing it at Weekend Potluck.

  • Karyn - Pint Sized Baker

    these sound Wonderful. I could use a treat right now! Thanks for linking up at Pint Sized Baker‘s Two Cup Tuesday Party! I’ve pinned this! I hope to see you again on Monday Night!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Peanut butter and jelly is such a classic combo…I love it in a fun dessert bar! Great picture 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend at And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


  • Tonia@thegunnysack

    I love peanut butter and jelly bars! Your recipe sounds delicious!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    There is something about pb&j that is so enticing….memories of childhood? or of my first pregnancy? Either way, these look awesome and I’d definitely devour them 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Did you crave PB&J during your first pregnancy? I could think of worse thing to crave!! I was a Nutter Butter craver!

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