Thursday, May 29, 2014

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

     Like biting into a crunchy peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these bar cookies from Land O'Lakes are a breeze to make and bake up wonderfully in your dutch oven.  Line your oven with parchment, pat in the bottom layer of dough, spread with jam, crumble on the topping and bake.  In my 12 inch dutch oven, they cooked for 45 minutes with 12 coals in a ring around the base of the oven, 19 placed around the edge of the lid and 8 spaced evenly in the center.  Basically when you can smell the peanut butter coming from your oven and the top is golden brown, they're done.  Let them cool completely before lifting from the oven and cutting into squares.  I'll bet you could even mix the dough at home, spoon it in a zip lock bag and pack it in your cooler.  These PB&J bars will bring you back to your childhood and give you some quick energy and sustenance while you're hiking the trails. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
1 18.25 oz package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1 1/4 cups strawberry OR grape jam
1/2 cups chopped peanuts

     Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
     Combine cake mix, butter, peanut butter and egg in large bowl.
     Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well blended.
     Stir in oats.
     Reserve 2 cups of oat mixture; set aside.
     Press remaining oat mixture evenly into prepared dutch oven.
     Spread jam over oat mixture.
     Crumble reserved oat mixture over jam.
     Top with chopped peanuts.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and set.
     Cool completely in dutch oven before removing and cutting into bars.

Press dough into parchment lined oven, top with jam then
sprinkle with reserved topping and peanuts

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown

Protein, fiber and not a lot of sugar in these tasty bars


  1. Just finished some making some strawberry jam - will have to try these

  2. Oh boy, homemade would definitely be good! Liddy

  3. Made these about a week ago and am finally reporting. I don't know why more people haven't made and commented on these. They are so dang good!! I used some plum jam that my wife bottled this past summer and they were absolutely amazing. They even kept really well in the fridge. Super filling and heavy and just the right sweetness without being too much like a cookie. Excellent recipe! Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for reporting back to us Aaron, homemade plum jam sounds scrumptious, I thought they were super easy and as I remember they were gobbled up rather quickly. Glad you liked them. Happy Holidays! Liddy