Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars


Aug 24

These delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are literally the classic sandwich in dessert form!

It’s back to school week around here and there’s nothing that makes me think of “school” more than peanut butter and jelly. I used to have it for lunch nearly every day, and it’s still something I love to whip up today. It’s also one of my favorite flavor combinations to use in desserts – peanut butter and jelly cake, peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies, peanut butter and jelly muffins, peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, and these peanut butter and jelly bars.

These bars are so simple to make and taste just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If you’re like me and love this simple sandwich, you’ll go nuts for these yummy bars!

I even took them on to Fox 13 The Place with me, as the perfect back to school treat to make your kids.

I highly recommend that you use the Hershey’s Peanut Butter Chips when you’re making these bars. They are the best of the best and taste better than any other peanut butter chip I’ve tried.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Yield 15 bars

These delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are literally the classic sandwich in dessert form!

Ingredients

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter 
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberry jam, or flavor of your choice
  • 2 1/2 cups REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13" baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. With a pastry cutter, or in your food processor, cut the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add eggs and blend well.
  5. Press half the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan, and then spread the jam over the crust.
  6. Sprinkle 1 3/4 cup of the peanut butter chips over the jam. Stir the remaining reserved crumb mixture with the remaining peanut butter chips and sprinkle over the top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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