As December is fast approaching I decided to get a head start on my Christmas holiday baking. I like to give myself a little practice run every late-November so I know exactly what recipes to try for Christmas. This is an old recipe that I had written down in one my recipe books several years ago. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so the thought of making this favourable combination into sweet treats brought a huge smile to my face. This recipe definitely brings out the kid in all of us.

Adapted from the "Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars" recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens: Christmas Cookies Magazine (1997)

Makes about 36 squares

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Baking time: 15 minutes (1st bake)
15-18 minutes (2nd bake)


  • 1-1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup peanuts or walnuts, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup grape jelly or your favourite jelly

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Using your clean hands, crumble in the cubed butter until you see coarse crumbs.

2. Add in the peanut butter and use your spatula to mix it in, and then add in the chopped peanuts. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture in a bowl. Mix in the beaten egg, then press the mixture into the bottom of a 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes then take it out.

3. Carefully dollop the jelly all over the partially baked crust, then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top. Place it back into the oven to bake for another 15-18 minutes. Cool after baking for a good 30 minutes before cutting it into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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