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Peanut Butter ‘n’ Jelly Bars

My two young sons are crazy about these simple, fast cookie bars. And as a busy mom, easy preparation makes this one scrumptious dessert I can rely on—even at the last minute. You might want to vary the jam or jelly to suit your own family’s tastes. —Carolyn Mulloy, Davison, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 can (16 ounces) buttercream frosting
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam or grape jelly


  • Let dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with peanut butter chips.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat frosting and peanut butter until smooth. Spread over bars. Drop jam by teaspoonfuls over frosting; cut through frosting with a knife to swirl the jam.

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  • KristineChayes
    Aug 16, 2014

    Easy and tasty recipe that the younger members of the family especially enjoyed. I'll be making these again, probably for a church bake sale. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Carolyn!

  • tramar
    Aug 22, 2012

    This recipe is great-fast & easy.I did have to make some adjustments with ingredients on hand still with great results.I use vanilla chips instead and crunchy peanut butter.I also used grape jam instead of jelly by warming it first in the microwave.All in all these are yummy for adults as well as kids!!!

  • markhagen
    Mar 6, 2012

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  • mkalinec
    Jul 26, 2010

    Wow what a great recipe. I used the whole jar of jelly on the top.

  • 2luvbirds
    Mar 26, 2010

    Made these bars for my grandsons and they just loved them. Important not to over cook the cookie dough, maybe even cut the baking time to 10 or 12 minutes so it is chewy when done.

  • mamaoflola
    Mar 15, 2010

    PS, the BUTTERCREAM frosting is the trick... and DONT over bake..

  • mamaoflola
    Mar 15, 2010

    I made this for my sons snack day at school. WOW!~! They ALL loved it, one pan was plenty for 23 kids!!!! Super Easy, and YUMMY!!!! Try it, the next time it was my snack day i had to make 2 pans, one for home, one for school!!!!

  • karen carnessali
    Mar 9, 2010

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  • kedunham
    Feb 12, 2010

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  • motherofdogs
    Feb 3, 2010

    I made these for the first time yesterday. I couldn't find buttercream frosting, so I used Duncan Hines creamy vanilla flavor.They looked beautiful and got a lot of attention, but the taste didn't knock your socks off. The bottom was a bit too crunchy. The frosting didn't have as much peanut-buttery flavor as I thought it would. The seedless raspberry jam was a nice touch.All in all, there are other bar cookies that are a lot more spectacular. Probably won't make these again.