Traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 0 mins

Nothing fancy, just a classic. Either smooth or crunch peanut butter is acceptable. Classically, the jelly is either strawberry or grape.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons grape jelly or 2 teaspoons strawberry jam


  1. Spread the peanut butter on one piece of bread.
  2. Spread the jelly on the other side.
  3. Put the two pieces of bread together to form a sandwich.
  4. Toddler adaptation: cut off crusts before serving.
Most Helpful

I found this recipe adequate. I made a few changes. I went with an organic white whole wheat bread. I used Nutella instead of peanut butter and I substituted the pedestrian grape jelly with wild elderberry preserves. But even with the changes I made, it's still the same recipe. I served it with a Château Pétrus and some imported hard cheese. My children absolutely enjoyed the lunch before nap time.

ROV Chef January 02, 2011

Ok so I saw this "recipe" and thought "you've got to be kidding!". Do people really need a recipe for a pb& j sandwich? Yes this is a classic and yes it is 5 stars, though I honestly can't credit gourmetmomma for this, no offense intended, I mean this pb&j combo has to have been around since Adam and Eve, right? With regard to the recipe, I do have a couple of things to say. My own family's preference is for strawberry spread instead of grape jelly. Also, with regard to on reviewer's tip to put the peanut butter on both sides of the bread to keep it from becoming soggy, in theory that sounds great except for the fact that the jelly tends to just slide out from between the peanut butter layers. I recommend just putting a thinner layer of jelly or spread directly on the bread. You'll still get the sweet, just not as much and the bread doesn't get soggy. With regard to school lunches, I also recommend making a month's worth of these sandwiches and freezing them in individual baggies for quick lunch prep. By the time lunch comes around, the sandwich is thawed and just right.

mizhort September 12, 2009

I usually call it a Jelly sandwich WITH peanut butter. :)

Annie L. November 13, 2015