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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  • Author: Barely adapted from Ina Garten
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 extra-large eggs, room temperature
  • 18 ounces creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural!)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 18 ounces raspberry jam
  • 2/3 cup salted peanuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, then grease it again.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour to the peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan, making sure it covers the entire surface evenly. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Sprinkle with the peanuts. Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool and cut into squares.