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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  • yield: Makes 12
Photography: John Kernick




  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) grape jelly
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Cook's Note

Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter parchment.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. With a pastry cutter or your hands, work in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Add egg and vanilla extract; stir until dough just comes together. Set aside 1 cup dough and firmly press remaining dough into pan in an even layer. Using a small offset spatula, spread grape jelly over top.

  3. Step 3

    Combine reserved dough, peanuts, and peanut butter chips; crumble over jam layer. Bake until topping is deep golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Run a sharp knife around edges, then, using parchment, lift cake from pan and cut into 12 squares.



Reviews (2)

  • 17 May, 2012

    Great recipe, works beautifully for a big group. I made pans of it for an art tour and it was the one that adults and kids loved...along with Martha's Shaker Lemon Bars which were mind blowing good!

  • 1 Nov, 2011

    I made these to bring for the kids at a bbq. The adults were the ones to eat them and loved threm!!