Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

"I got this recipe from a friend of mine. These cookies are delicious! As with any bar cookie, they are easier to make than drop cookies. I love these with a glass of milk. Although any flavor jelly can be used, grape is my favorite!"
photo by Catherine Robson photo by Catherine Robson
photo by Catherine Robson
photo by Maryland Jim photo by Maryland Jim
photo by Catherine Robson photo by Catherine Robson
Ready In:
24 cookies




  • In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients.
  • Stir in flour.
  • Spread in a greased 9x13 inch pan.
  • Combine dry ingredients of streusel; cut in shortening.
  • Sprinkle streusel over cookie dough.
  • With a small spoon, make 24 depressions in the dough (6x4).
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Take out of oven; press depressions again.
  • Bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Take out of oven and spoon 1/2 tsp jelly into each depression.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes.
  • Cool in pan.

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  1. DIryshe
    Very good tasting with good texture as well! My entire family said,"This deserves a 5", with the exception of my hubby of course. He took an outside edge that was a little more crunchy, and with no teeth had a few problems! LOL
  2. Maryland Jim
    My wife is the peanut butter lover in the family. I made these for a church fellowship and she ate almost a quarter of them. Going on her rating (I don't like peanut butter) this is a 5. Oh and they are real easy to make. Thanks for a new recipe.
  3. Catherine Robson
    Easy to make, and the kids really enjoyed the peanut butter and jam flavours. Serve with cold milk or coffee for afternoon tea. Thanks Whisper.
  4. newspapergal
    These were very good. I used creamy PB, as the only chunky kind I had was reduced-fat & I was afraid it'd change the texture. Otherwise, I followed as written & used grape jelly. These are pretty dense, so have that glass of milk on hand!!! I also had one a couple of days for breakfast with coffee ;) Thanks!!
  5. ReeLani
    Oh yumm!! These were very easy to prepare, and they turned out beautifully. I only ate one, since they were earmarked for coffee hour at church today, but I could have eaten a lot more. I'll be making these again.


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