I didn’t grow up on Peanut Butter and Jelly, but my people love the stuff. For them, I bake this Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars Recipe.
These bars are LOADED with Peanut Butter, and you can fill them with any flavor jelly or jam you like. You can even do what I did… go half and half (some of my people like strawberry, some don’t). Strawberry Jelly is traditional with Peanut Butter, but there is no hard and fast Jelly Rule, so go ahead and use any flavor that you like. I made the bars with half Strawberry and half Black Current… so you can get creative. Just be sure to use lots… I find more Jelly is better. (That’s not a Jelly rule, so much as a Jelly Guideline)
The best part of Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars (besides the flavor) is how EASY they are. You only need to dirty up one bowl. The bottom crust, and the top sprinkle are the same stuff… so these cookies are almost too easy to make.
Bake up a pan, pour a glass of milk (or your favorite cookie eating beverage) and enjoy some Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars.
As always… step-by-step photos will help you make these bars for yourself and your people.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars Recipe
Pack Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars Along
Going on a Camping Trip? Or a Day Hike? Pack along some Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars. They aren’t super sensitive to heat or cold, and they aren’t fragile. Loaded with peanut butter and jelly, they will keep everyone going!
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Step By Step Photos with Instructions
Beat the Sugar and Butter until Light and Fluffy
Should take about 3 to 4 minutes.
Cookie Dough will be Stiff and Very Very Very Peanut Buttery
Line Your Pan with Parchment Paper
Let the Ends hang over the Edge of the Pan
This way you can easily lift the baked bars out by the parchment paper and set them on the cooling rack to cool.
Press 2/3 of the Cookie Dough into the Pan
I find that Buttering My Fingers helps
Spread the Jam over the Peanut Butter Dough Base
I Used Strawberry and Black Current, but you can use your favorite/ favorites
Sort of Crumble the Rest of the Dough over the Jam
Pinch it Between Your Fingers
Ready for the Oven
Cool Slice Eat