Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Bars

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For this quick recipe, I made a simple peanut butter cookie crust then topped it with a peanut butter buttercream frosting and a jelly glaze swirl.

I used grape jelly in my version, but your favorite jelly or jam will work. It's a classic dish with a dessert twist!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Bars

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Bars


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 8 tbsps butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • ¼ cup favorite grape or strawberry jelly
  • 3 tbsps water

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cream together the sugars, shortening, chunky peanut butter, egg, and 1/4 cup butter until smooth.
  2. Add the flour 1/4 cup at a time and mix until combined. On the last quarter cup of flour, add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt then stir until combined.
  3. Grease a glass baking pan with cooking oil then spread the cookie dough across the pan in an even layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookie crust cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, whip together the creamy peanut butter, confectioners sugar and butter until smooth. Spread the buttercream across the top of the cooled cookie crust.
  5. Whisk together the jelly, remaining confectioners sugar and water until a thin jelly glaze is formed. pour the glaze over the top of the buttercream.
  6. Use a knife to swirl the glaze into the buttercream until the glaze is streaks through the buttercream. Chill for at least two hours or until the jelly glaze is set.
  7. Cut into evenly sized bars. Serve chilled or room temperature. Enjoy!

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