Outrageous Barefoot Contessa Peanut Butter Jelly Bars Recipe

 Peanut butter and jelly is a classic lunchtime classic. Well, how about putting those flavors into a dessert like these,  Peanut Butter Jelly Bars.
This dessert bar recipe was adapted from Ina Garten but knew the whole recipe would be detrimental to my waistline so I decided to only make 1/2. The recipe is easily halved and is very rich but worth every bite.
3 stacked peanut butter jelly bars on a white backdrop


Basically, you start with a delicious peanut butter cookie batter. Yes I tasted the dough raw!

peanut butter jelly bars dough

Use an offset spatula to evenly spread the peanut butter batter into your prepared pan.

peanut butter jelly bars recipe


Any flavor your family will enjoy.  Use your favorite Jam in this recipe. I am not sure a jelly would be too runny so I suggest using a jam or fruit spread that has a nice consistently.

Layering jam ontop of peanut butter cookie batter

With the remainder of the batter, scatter it on top of the jelly layer. Then top the batter with salted chopped peanuts.

top crumble for peanut butter jelly bars unbaked

Allow these outrageous peanut butter jelly bars to cool if you can resist the smell of the warm peanut butter and jelly.
peanut butter jelly bars recipe

The Verdict of Ina Garten Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

I felt like I was eating a PB and J sandwich. I especially liked it warm! The kids liked it but they were not begging for more. We would make these Peanut Butter Jelly Bars Recipe again for a kids event that I was not worried about Peanut allergies.
stacked ina garten peanut butter jelly bars

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars Recipe 

Ingredients for Barefoot Contessa Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

  • unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Egg
  • Creamy peanut butter, recommended: Skippy
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Jam
  • Salted peanuts



Now pin these peanut butter jelly bars dessert recipe to surprise your family for an after school snack too!

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peanut butter jelly bars recipe

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Yield: 12 Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars is like eating a sandwich in a cookie


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1- large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cups creamy peanut butter, recommended: Skippy
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups raspberry jam or other jam
  • 1/3 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 by 9 inch square cake pan.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined.
  5. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.


Adapted from Ina Garten

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 390Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 36mgSodium 206mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 8g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.


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  1. Yum! I made a few modifications that left these very peanut-buttery and balanced. -cut the brown sugar down to about 0.5 c -used about a cup of peanut butter -probably about a cup of jelly too, but I wouldn t use more than that -added dollops of fluff on top! Very delicious warm. They held their shape nicely.

  2. Those look excruciating delicious, right about now. Seem easy to make, too.

  3. Those sound delicious! I love pretty much anything peanut butter, though… 😉

  4. I love peanut butter jelly bars. You make this look so good. I must try it next time.

  5. What a fun twist on a classic! Fantastic idea!

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