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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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I’m very particular about peanut butter. Offer me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on honey whole wheat bread and I’ll be unreasonably happy, but offer me a peanut cookie or slice of cake with peanut butter frosting and I’ll be less inclined to accept.

I can never tell if I’ll like a particular peanut butter dessert, so I usually just make recipes and hope I like them.

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The other day I stumbled upon this recipe for peanut butter oatmeal bars while looking for a recipe to make for friends. They looked delicious so I decided to make them, figuring that if I didn’t like them others would.

I didn’t have any Reece’s and planned to add chocolate chips instead, but halfway through making the bars I remembered seeing a recipe for peanut butter jelly bars, and decided that, yes, that was what I needed in my life.

I was right.

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These bars are intensely good. The peanut butter flavor is subtle but still evident, and the jelly adds a delightful gooeyness. They’re soft and buttery and fragrant. Yum.

If you’re looking for a fun recipe to try, I would definitely make these bars (now, optimally). If you’re gluten free or vegan, I’ll post a similar recipe that you can enjoy soon!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Recipe adapted from here.

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter baking chips
  • strawberry jelly or jam
  1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture until smooth.
  4. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and peanut butter baking chips.
  6. Fold in the wet ingredients until no flour streaks remain.
  7. Pat 2/3 of the dough into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
  8. Spread a layer of strawberry jelly or jam over the dough, using however much desired. (I added just enough so the bottom was completely covered.)
  9. Add the remaining dough to the top of the jam in small chunks.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until golden the top is light to medium golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the bars comes out clean.