Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

©MakeMineLemon - Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

©MakeMineLemon – Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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I made my own peanut butter, I made my own jelly, and then I made peanut butter and jelly bars.

A few months ago I bought some of “that recalled peanut butter.”  I am pretty sure I was a victim since I was sick for over a month.  Now that I think about it I should have gone to the hospital doctor, but I was too sick, and by the time I was well enough to go to a doctor I had recovered.  After I recovered I heard on the news there was a recall going on.  I checked and sure enough I had one of the jars being recalled.  Trader Joes said to bring it back, but every time I looked at it, my stomach flipped.  I have been a while working my way back. TJ’s has since found another source and stocked new peanut butter, but it contains lecithin so that rules it out for me. I hate to be so pedantic about food, but it seems we can’t trust corporations any longer.  I bought peanuts and decided to make my own peanut butter.

The thing about this “peanut butter recipe” is, it is just procedure.  Add peanuts and whirl. No soybean oil, no sugars, no high fructose syrup, no preservative, no contaminants; just peanuts and a Cuisinart.  I know some add an oil, but I did not feel the need.  It was creamy enough as is.  I bought a pound of peanuts, 50% less salt for $3.29, which is about the weight of a jar of peanut butter, but I bet you can’t buy a jar for $3.29.  I won’t be buying peanut butter any more.

Then because my mind is always thinking about what else can I make, I began to think peanut butter cookies, but I got distracted by the peanut cookies.  By the way the best cookies I ever made or ate. Thank you Anna Pump.

Then I starting thinking about jam.  Chris at The Café Sucre Farine makes freezer  jam that I have been wanting to make  since she posted.  It was not yet strawberry season for me, and I wanted my berries to be organic.  Finally all the stars aligned and I made it.  It is so easy, so fresh tasting, and so delicious I think I could just sit down with the jar and spoon and eat it as is.

©MakeMineLemon - Strawberry Jam

©MakeMineLemon – Strawberry Jam

But instead I decided to use it to make Ina’s peanut butter and jelly bars. With extra peanut butter that has no preservatives I thought I should use it while it was still fresh.

©MakeMineLemon - Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Ingredients

©MakeMineLemon – Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Ingredients

I only made a half batch of the bars because they are dangerous.

Both the peanut butter and the jam are really delicious on their own, and I am so glad I made the bars, but I am going to tell you like David Lebovitz said when he made yogurt.  He said when he posts a back to basics recipe like homemade yogurt, someone will email him and ask why he doesn’t get his own cow.  No, I can’t get a cow.  So like David, please don’t ask me to grow my own strawberries and peanuts because I can only carry this so far and besides I have to research those peanut butter cookies that I planned to make.

Thanks again Ina for testing your recipes.  I can always count on you.  Thanks Chris for a great strawberry jam recipe, and being such a supportive friend.  I will only be making your recipe from now on.  It is better than my Mom’s.  Thanks to friends and family that have gifted me with various kitchen equipment.  I think about you every time I use them and I love you for your thoughtfulness.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Serves: 12
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup or 9 oz peanut butter (Ina used Skippy)
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ raspberry jam or other jam (9 oz) I used strawberry.
  • ½ cup salted peanuts
  1. Mise en place
  2. Prepare a 9x9 pan with parchment paper
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F
  4. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  5. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add vanilla, egg, and peanut butter; mix until well combined.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined.
  8. Spread two thirds of the dough in the prepared pan, using a knife to spread it evenly. Spread the jam evenly over the dough.
  9. Drop small spoonsful of the remaining dough evenly over the jam.
  10. Don’t worry if all the jam isn’t covered; the dough will spread when it bakes. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Cool and cut into small squares.
Note* base your salt addition by the peanuts you use. I bought 50% less salt and that was more than adequate for me. When adding flour, mix just to incorporate so not develop the gluten. If you over mix you will have a tough cookie.


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Susan’s at Metamorphosis Monday
Yvonne’s at On The Menu Monday
Sarah’s at Make The Scene Monday
Jane’s at Melt In Your Mouth
Chandra’s at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

Kayla at Sweet Sharing Monday
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Marty’s at Inspire Me Tuesday
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Stephanie’s at  Back For Seconds Social
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Maria’s at Tuesdays At Our Home
Kathe ‘s at Your Gonna Love It Tuesday
Kim’s at Wow Us Wednesday
Ashley’s at  What’s In The Kitchen

Dana’s at  Two Girls and A Party
Sherry’s at Home Sweet Home 
Lindsay’s at Show And Share
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Jann’s at Share Your Cup
Leslie’s  at Create It Thursday
Miz Helen’s at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Liz at The Brambleberry Cottage
Becky’s at Beyond The Picket Fence

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18 Responses to Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  1. sally says:

    Cute post! Sorry to hear that you got so sick off that bad peanut butter. My favorite is raw organic almond butter. I could just get a spoon and eat the entire jar. Have not tried making my own. I can see that these would be dangerous…so I will be good and pass. Although I have had an itch to develop a new oatmeal cookie recipe. Maybe soon!

  2. You are sooo smart to make your own! I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a big glass of ice cold milk. YUM! The peanut butter and jelly bars look delish!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Susan, I thought of you while making the peanut butter. While my issue was not as bad as yours, it was still very scary. I knew I would be baking with this batch, but when I make it again, I plan to roast the nuts before they go into the Cuisinart, that way I know there will be no worry over contaminants, and roasting will intensify the flavor. I hope you make this; it is a 5-minute project. Thanks for visiting.

  3. These look amazing Madonna! So glad you love the jam as much as we do. You certainly found a wonderful use for both the jam and the peanut butter. Yes, I can certainly see that these could be dangerous!

  4. Lori says:

    Wow, I am in LOVE with this post! One time, I went to a WinCo Foods and “made” my own fresh peanut butter there, and it was SO dang good. But, I live too far away from one to go regularly. I never realized I could make my own peanut butter at home! Then, the recipe for the bars sounds absolutely fantastic! I hate sandwiches in general, so PB&J bars never strike my fancy since I automatically associate them with sandwiches, but you had me drooling by the end of this post, and convinced that I might actually like PB&J bars 😉 Thanks for sharing and commenting on my blog as well!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      If you have a food processor you can make pb. If you have a microwave you can make the jam. 2 to 3 minutes to make the pb – about 6 or 7 minutes for the jam not counting the 20 minutes it sits before microwaving. The freshness of it is shocking. I hope you will give it a try.

  5. Kitty says:

    Hi Madonna, oh my , how awful on being sick for so long from the recalled peanut butter. What an ordeal!! I have made peanut butter, in the past, and always make my own jam. Your bars look wonderful and would be such a treat!

  6. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    Oh, my goodness! I’m so glad you recovered. You’ve convinced me to make my own peanut butter. An informative, must-read post! I’m pinning.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thank you Michael. It was not as bad as Susan’s situation, but definitely not pleasant. As for making our own peanut butter, it is so easy, I can’t believe it took me so long.

  7. I am pinning this. Bob and I are p’nut butter and jelly fanatics and we have the
    waistline to prove it!
    Thanks, Ginger

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thank you Ginger. Try making the jam and peanut butter. It is ridiculously easy. The freshness of it just kicks up the flavor.

  8. These look delicious, I love peanut butter and jam together, especially if they are both home made. I found your blog on Melt in your Mouth Monday’s over at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. They look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at the Say G’day Saturday linky party.

    This week’s linky party has just started so I hope you can stop by and say g’day!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,

    Natasha in Oz

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