Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

I pack both of my boys a healthy lunch, but they are growing boys. Growing tween boys to be exact. In addition to eating me out of house and home, they both come off the bus hungry every single day. Actually, scratch that. They come off the bus hangry every single day – especially my youngest! When he’s hangry, he gives Oscar the Grouch a good run for his money. Seriously.

Since they come running (literally) off the bus looking for food, I always have a snack ready for them. Since peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are one of their favorites, they love it when they come home and I have peanut butter and jelly bars ready for them as a snack. They are easy to make and they are perfect for anyone who loves PB&J!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 Cup softened butter
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Jelly swirl:

  • 1/4 Cup softened cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Grape jelly (or flavor of choice)
  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar

Here’s what you do:

1. Preheat your oven to 350? and grease a 9×9? baking pan with butter.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat your butter, peanut butter, and sugars together.
3. Mix in the vanilla and egg.

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4. Now mix in your flour, baking soda, and salt.
5. Press your dough evenly into your baking pan.

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6. Mix together your jelly, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
7. Pour your jelly mixture onto your peanut butter bars and swirl around into the top of the peanut butter dough.

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8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes and let cool completely before you cut them into squares.

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Do your kids need a snack when they get home from school like mine do? What is your kids favorite after school snack?

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  1. Liz Mays

    Yes, my kids were completely famished when they got home. I had something ready for them every day too!

  2. Pam Wattenbarger

    These look so good! Who doesn’t love the classic combo of peanut butter and jelly?

  3. Claudia K.

    Yes, it does! I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Eloise

    I love this recipe, I’m definitely going to try this out for my kids… I think they’ll love it, me too!

  5. momknowsbest15

    My boys love pb and jelly. They would love these for a snack.

  6. Jeanette

    I would love to make these but I would be the only one in my house eating them and that is just not a good thing LOL. They look delicious I’ll have to make them the next time we have company around.

  7. Monica

    Brilliant! And my kiddos love pb and jelly. I’ve never seen a recipe like this!

  8. Inspiring Kitchen

    My family loves PB&J. I can’t wait to make this for them.

  9. Rebecca Bryant

    YUMMY!! these bars look so good. I also like that they are easy peasy.

  10. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Those look so yummy! I’ve seen a lot of bars in my day, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried one like that.

  11. julieiscocoandcocoa

    I’ve tried peanut butter and chocolate bars, but never peanut butter and jelly! I’m pinning this so I can try it for my kids soon.

  12. Jenn

    My daughter always wants a snack when she gets home from school. These look and sound yummy! I’ll have to give them a try.

  13. Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

    What a fun way to re-do PB&J. These look yummy!

  14. Jeanine Macintosh

    These look DELICIOUS. I know my kids would flip for something like these. We aren’t huge jelly fans in our house, in fact I don’t think my kids have ever tried it but peanut butter – is a huge fave! Must try these!

  15. delainemyles

    Yum yum, these look so tasty! I need to make me some.

  16. Cindy Ingalls

    I don’t know why but all I can think is, “Peanut Butter Jelly Time.” These bars look so tasty. I love the combo of peanut butter and pretty much anything.

  17. Brandy

    My youngest loves PB&J sandwiches, so I bet these would be an absolute hit to him!

  18. Amy Jones

    These look amazing, i pinned this recipe ! Ill try it over the weekend =)

  19. irishred13

    I really like PP & J anything. These look really tasty!

  20. Elizabeth O.

    This is the first time I’ve seen a recipe like this about peanut butter. Thank you! That’s so easy to make! Peanut butter is also a favorite in our house.

  21. Keikilani

    These look so yummy. I know my kids would devour them!

  22. Liz Mays

    Forget the kids! I think I’d devour them before the kids even discovered them.

  23. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    I certainly need to make these. Peanut butter and jelly is still my favorite sandwich.

  24. Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic)

    These are so fun! I have never seen anything like them before, I am going to have to try them out!

  25. loisaltermark

    Those look delicious! What a creative way to do peanut butter and jelly!

  26. Blythe Alpern

    PB&J in a bar sounds so divine. I love the combination of peanut butter, especially with grape jelly.

  27. Felicia

    These look absolutely delicious! I bet my boys would really enjoy them as well.

  28. wemake7

    This is one afternoon snack my kiddos would love to come home too. Great idea!

  29. Agnes Dela Cruz

    This is perfect for my kids snacking, they love to munch even after meals and peanut butter is one of the fave.

  30. brittany

    This one looks so yummy and so simple!! I love anything with peanut butter

  31. Theresa

    Looks nom nom! Would certainly stop the hangry cravings going on over here!

  32. Laura Starner

    My grandchildren love peanut butter and jelly. This would be a great snack.

  33. Amanda Love

    My boys don’t really care for snacks after school, they think they’re too big but I’d make these because I know they’ll still love them.

  34. Melisa

    I’m bookmarking this. My youngest will think he died and went to heaven, PB&J and cream cheese? He will be sold. He’s jelly picky, so I will have to use black raspberry jelly.

  35. Nicole Herose Cochingco Escat

    This recipe looks delicious and so much to make. I love peanut butter.

  36. Terra Heck

    I like peanut butter and jelly. Haven’t ever had them in bars like this. Looks yummy.

  37. Claudia Krusch

    It looks so yummy and I’ve never made anything like that! I can’t wait to try your recipe!!

  38. Nicole Haas Etolen

    That looks so good and attractive. My kids will love this. Love your recipe!

  39. wendy

    WOW! Putting 2 of your favorite things and making them better then sandwich form…spot on! This looks amazing and I have to try this out for my family! Thank you for posting this recipe!

  40. Tonya C

    That looks yummy! Two of my favorite flavors…classic!

  41. Janeane Davis

    This sounds like a fun snack idea. I would like to try it with a few different types of jelly.

  42. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I’m happy to see that I have all of these ingredients on hand because I’ve been searching for a snack to make the kids today. This one will be perfect because we all love PB & J sandwiches.

  43. aziel

    I love anything with peanut, I would love to try this with my kids

  44. Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    My kids are the same way…run in the door, drop backpacks where they stand, and head to the kitchen! They would devour these, I’ll give ’em a go.

  45. Ana De Jesus

    Oooh this sounds so good especially since I love peanut butter. I have never tried the two together before though!

  46. Choudry Nazma

    i am addict to peanut butter.. so its for sure gonna be amazing.i will try it soon

  47. onceuponadollhouse

    These look extremely delicious and dangerous. PB & J is a fav of ours, such a creative take on this.

  48. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a great recipe for the kids to make this weekend. They look delicious and easy to make.

  49. Mama to 5 BLessings

    YUM! My kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I bet they would enjoy these!

  50. Louise Bishop

    I can remember heading straight for the kitchen after school thinking I was starving. I used to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches warmed up in the microwave. This sounds much more delicious!

  51. Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness these look absolutely delicious – I could definitely tuck in! x

  52. Miss Millennia Mag (@MissMillMag)

    Yumm.. These look so good! I would love to try this recipe today. Thanks for sharing!

  53. RonRon

    This recipe looks really delicious and yummy. I so love this. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Shaylee Field

    Oh man I bet these are amazing! I do like peanut butter and jelly but only in small doses – I can’t say no to cake though! haha

  55. Dina Boucher Demarest

    This is so neat! My kids would love it.

  56. lisamc7

    All four of my kids would love these peanut butter and jelly bars! Both to eat and make with me!

  57. hautebeautyguide

    YUM! What a fun twist on a favorite childhood classic!

  58. Rosey Marie

    Oh yes, my kids definitely want something to eat after school. This is a wonderful idea to make for them!

  59. Katrina Latasha McClain

    I just read a romance novel where the lead character was a baker and she made her hero pb&j cupcakes. Coincidence? Lol.

  60. Kristin

    You had me at peanut butter. Those look absolutely delicious. Mast make stat!

  61. Marielle Altenor

    These bars are so simple to make! He’s usually starving by the time he gets home from school! The would be awesome for him as a snack!

  62. toughcookiemommy

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are the perfect snack to serve the kids when they get home from school in the afternoon. I like how easy they are to make too.

  63. Lisa Rios

    Such a wonderful recipe that has come so good & looks so easy to prepare as well. I love anything that involves peanut butter & this sounds like a wonderful recipe to try out.

  64. Stacy O'Brien Kripas

    That makes me crave! I would like to try this for snack time! Love this recipe.

  65. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I love PB&J sandwiches so I am now officially curious as to what a bar would taste like. It does look quite intriguing.

  66. ana fernandez

    Love recipes with peanut butter recipes! This one looks great!

  67. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    WOW! I love pb & j! This snack looks awesome!

  68. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    I always have snacks waiting in the car when I pick the kids up from school. My son is only 6 and eats more than me! He’d love these. He likes anything sweet.

  69. Megan McCoig

    To this day, I’ve still never tried this combination that is always talked about. This has made me want to!

  70. Nicole

    These look really yummy! Love this combo, too!

  71. Tracey

    Peanut butter is my weakness! I am so pinning this to make later.

  72. Kira T

    These look amazing! I love PB anything so I totally need to make these!

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