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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter, and line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the parchment, and coat inside of pan with flour; set aside. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. On medium speed, add eggs and peanut butter; beat until combined, about 2 minutes.

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  • Whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour. Add to bowl of mixer on low speed; combine. Add vanilla. Transfer two-thirds of mixture to prepared pan; spread evenly with offset spatula. Using offset spatula, spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture. Dollop remaining third of peanut-butter mixture on top of jam. Sprinkle with peanuts.

  • Bake until golden, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool; cut into about thirty-six 1 1/2-by-2-inch pieces.

Reviews (21)

167 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 50
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2018
I made this and it was such a hit!! It tasted just like my childhood PB and J sandwiches and was so yummy. This will be a staple in my recipe closet. I used raspberry preserves and it was perfect.
Rating: Unrated
02/23/2017
Haven't cut them yet but they smell and look so yummy
Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2016
The peanut butter and jelly bars were a hit. If I could make without calories I would indulge each day I could. What a great recipe!
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Rating: Unrated
07/18/2012
Love, Love, Love, this recipe! My family gobbles them down in a heartbeat. I found a solution to making them less "doughy" or undercooked...I use my 11x17 jelly roll pan PLUS I do not use all of the dough. I usually have a soft ball size amount left over. It is great for making into cookies with hershey kisses...my family loves those too!
Rating: Unrated
09/25/2010
Fantastic bars, and they freeze beautifully, but boy, these are not from the faint of heart. I've never met anything that was 'too sweet' but these bars are as decadent as you can imagine - in a good way.
Rating: Unrated
09/14/2010
Is the bottom cookie layer supposed to be doughy? I don't know if it's right, it's like it's not even baked?
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Rating: Unrated
03/15/2010
My attempt was a bit messier than those pictured, but really delicious.
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
Has anyone actually used Nutella instead of jelly and how did it turn out.
Rating: Unrated
03/29/2009
to wife21mom22: would toffee bits on top add some crunch?
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2009
I made these using almond butter instead of peanut. The strawberry jam was great with the almond taste. I also substituted coconut oil for the butter but cut back to 3/4 cup. Then I sprinkled honey oatmeal granola on top. Everyone loved them.
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2009
I have not made these cookies /bars yet but I can see where the confusion may be. To me, if it says in the recipe to spread the mixture into the pan then that indicates to me that it is a somewhat soft mixture and if these people said that they had to press it into the pan than the instructions are misleading.or something is wrong with the recipe. I will try making these and see how mine come out. : )
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2009
wife21mom22- you could put some chocolate covered sunflower seeds or just some roasted salted sunflower seeds. That would be delicious. If you have a Trader Joe's near you they have both. Also, Cost Plus has the chocolate covered kind. A regular grocery store may have the plain shelled sunflower seeds too.
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2009
To Writer #1, "snperch": Step 2, after "Add vanilla" says 'transfer 2/3 of mixture to prepaared pan." (That's the peanut-buter mixture in your bowl.) The 2/3 peanut butter mixture becomes what you see as the "crust." Spread your jam on top of this "crust." The other 1/3 of the peanut butter mixture that's still in your bowl becomes the "dollops" on top of the jam. Enjoy the rest of your day. :-)
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2009
The directions don't seem to match the picture. it looks like there is a crust on the bottom before the filling. Am I missing something?
Rating: Unrated
03/28/2009
I am gong to replace the peanut butter with Nutella and sprinkle chopped hazel nut on top. Because I really like chocolate. I also like taking an idea and making it my own. lssm
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2009
My bars turned out great!!! I thought the dry batter was a sure sign the bars would not turn out, but they did. They were moist and tasted great. I think i might try them with a chocolate filling next time.
Rating: Unrated
01/19/2009
My peanut butter batter was dry, go figure? I certainly could not spread it in the pan. Rather i had to press it in the pan. What did I do wrong? How creamy/wet is the batter supposed to be?
Rating: Unrated
05/27/2008
Delicious! It's like a thick peanut butter cookie - with jam! Make sure you have a glass of milk nearby because you are going to need it. It was fast and easy to make and they turn out looking just like the picture!!
Rating: Unrated
04/25/2008
I agree, these are amazing! I made them for a girs coffee night in and they just flew off the tray! The girls went for 2nds and 3rds! I have since passed this recipe on to quie a few people. Instead of using chopped peanuts on top I sprinkled granola bits (which I pre-roasted with honey) on top. If you use a cranberry spread you can always add some dried cranberries on top with the as well.
Rating: Unrated
04/10/2008
These are AWESOME! I made a batch and took to a party and they were gone right quick! Everyone was asking for the recipe. I used Smucker's Blackberry Fruit Spread as my "jam" and it worked really well. These are TOTALLY worth making if you like peanut butter! Two Thumbs Up!!
Rating: Unrated
03/25/2008
This looks scrumptous! Has anyone tried this by subsituting sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter? Also, any ideas as to what I could put on top for the crunch intead of peanuts?