Peanut Butter and Jam Bars
Serves: about 40 bars
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon each: salt and baking soda
  • ½ cup coconut oil or butter
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cups natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups jam, your choice (we used cherry)
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a greased 13- by 9-inch baking pan with a 13- by 18-inch sheet of parchment to facilitate removal of baked bars. Grease and flour parchment and set aside.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. Beat coconut oil and sugar until smooth; beat in egg, then peanut butter, and finally the vanilla extract until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to low, add flour mixture, and beat until fully incorporated.
  3. Press ⅔ of the peanut butter dough into the prepared pan; spread jam over the dough to cover. Mix peanuts into remaining peanut butter dough, crumbling it over the jam to form a topping
  4. Bake until jam is bubbly and crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand until set, about 5 minutes. Using parchment handles, remove bars from pan and set on a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares and serve. (Can be stored in an airtight container about a week.)
Recipe by Three Many Cooks at