PB & J Bars


My little boy is ten years old already. How’d that happen?

There was a time when all he would eat for lunch was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Those days are over but so are the endless hours of simply watching him sleep, cooing over his little toes and wiping his chin and tiny hands clean.

Each stage of life is a blessing, even those terrible twos. I look back and laugh at what it must have looked like to see me as a young woman walking down the street, holding a flailing two year old, clearly upset because he didn’t want to leave the playground.

He has grown into a thoughtful, kind and practical kid. He amazes me with his knowledge of all things deep sea. “Did you know that at 9,000 feet, the pressure is so great it would be like wearing a school bus for a hat.”

These PB & J Bars can be enjoyed by all ages, from two to ninety-two.


PB & J Bars

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 8 inch pan with parchment or aluminum foil and grease the bottom. This will make it easier to remove and cut your bars after they have baked.

Cream butter and peanut butter with a handheld mixer. Add brown sugar and cream until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.

In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt until incorporated.

Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture a little at a time until crumbly.


Pour 3/4 of the mixture into the prepared pan and press down with your fingers. Pour jelly over this layer and crumble remaining batter over top.


Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Remove aluminum foil or parchment and cut into bars.

Enjoy with a tall glass of milk :)


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