Recipe of the Week – Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

peanut butter bar recipe



Just like the very best peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but so much better! Kids will love it! But we saw quite a few guys taking more than one. We used some of our wonderful grape jam, but any preserve will do.




1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups preserves
2/3 cup salted peanuts
2/3 cup peanut butter chips

Preparation & Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Lower speed; add egg, vanilla and peanut butter and beat until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt.
(I did not sift, and it was just fine). On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Set aside 1/2 cup dough.
Using your fingertips, press remaining dough into an even layer in pan. Spread preserves over dough. Crumble reserved 1/2 cup dough over preserves and then sprinkle with peanuts and peanut butter chips.
Bake until golden and bubbly, 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars.