Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bars

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chocolate chip peanut butter jam barsAnd, of course, my recipe. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bars.

Because I wanted a cookie bar that evoked memories of childhood, while being just a little more sophisticated. Chocolate and peanut butter chips stud this peanut butter cookie crust and topping, hiding a layer of cherry jam that is simply amazing. I say this serves 16–it’s more like 2. It might be a good idea to double the recipe and prepare in a 9″x13″ pan instead. I won’t judge you. Peanut butter and chocolate are good for you, right? (I keep telling myself that, anyway…)

chocolate chip peanut butter jam bars

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bars
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 16
  • 1½ cups King Arthur Flour white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large cage-free egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
  • ¾ cup cherry jam
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8"x8" baking dish and line with parchment
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar. Beat until creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the egg and beat until well-incorporated, at least 1 minute.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  6. With the mixer on medium low, gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until almost incorporated, then add the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Mix until incorporated.
  7. Press half of the cookie dough in the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread over that the jam.
  8. Grab handfuls of the remaining cookie dough and break it up over the top of the jam so you have crumbles everywhere.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden in color.
  10. Cool completely, then grab the edges of the parchment paper and lift straight up to remove from the pan.
  11. Cut and serve.


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  1. These look so good Carrie! I want to eat the topping first! Mmmm!

  2. Oooooh, I think I need to make these. Today!!! YUM!

    1. I’d love to hear what you think of them!

  3. These are beyond awesome, Carrie! You’ve been StumbledUpon, too 😉

    1. Thank you, Becca! 🙂

  4. With all of this peanut butter and chocolate love, where’s a girl to begin? SO much to love!

    1. You can start at the top and work your way down… Or bottom and up… Or random… There’s just so much wonderful stuff to pick from!

  5. Oh, wow, Carrie! Peanut butter and chocolate AND jam?! Gorgeous bars! That ruby red layer of cherry jam is calling my name.

  6. Peanut butter + chocolate = so good for you!!! 🙂 Your Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bars are brilliant. Like a Pb&J bar. . love these!!!

  7. Yes, absolutely peanut butter and chocolate are good for you. And I can see making a double batch of these bars. A regular batch may disappear too quickly.

    1. I’m wishing I had. I have no more bars. Must make them again!

  8. Love that you added cherry jam to these! Very creative! Not to mention they look incredible!!

    1. Thank you! I figure, if you’re going to go jam, go big!

    • Brandi Davis Bryant on March 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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    My favorite chocolate and peanut butter combination is a candy we sometimes make around holidays. It has everything in it. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

    1. Sounds like a great candy! Good luck!

  9. I loooove the classic comfort of these bars!!!! tastyyyy!

  10. Oh, my. Swooning at these moist, decadent bars!!! YUM!

  11. I haven’t tried enough pb+jelly desserts despite loving pb+jelly sandwiches. These bars have got to be good.

    1. I don’t think you can ever get enough PB&J in all of its forms. I’m pretty sure that’s impossible.

  12. These look out of this world! Can’t wait to make them 🙂

    1. I’d love to hear what you think of them!

  13. PB & chocolate are absolutely good for our health – well, my mental health anyways! I don’t know what you were talking about on Facebook – these photos are gorgeous and your bars look phenomenal! I love that you added a layer of jam in there for that PB&jam sammich flavour. These look fabulously ooey ‘n gooey.

    1. Ah… good call. The mental health trumps all! And thank you–you’re very kind!

  14. I love PB&J and when you add chocolate? Heaven!!

    1. It’s a trifecta that can’t be beat!

  15. Oh my goodness. These look like a little slice of heaven. I am *so* gonna try this!

    1. Let me know what you think of them, Miriam! They were a big hit around here!

  16. PB and jam are a natural combo. These sound delicious, Carrie!

    1. Makes me think of the old commercial: “Hey, there’s chocolate in my peanut butter!” “Hey, there’s peanut butter in my chocolate!” 😉

  17. I love the addition of the cherry jam! These bars look wonderful!!!

    1. Thank you! Just a little outside the box, but extremely wonderful. Hope you try them sometime!

  18. Chocolate? Antioxidants. Peanut Butter? Protein. These are practically health bars! 🙂 Seriously, these are my kind of dessert. I love chewy, sweet, crumbly bars that remind me of childhood. Pinned!

    1. See! They’re so good for you you’d be a fool to pass them up!

  19. I love love love love LOVE these bars. I’m all about the jam and the texture of these guys look divine. Speaking of childhood nostalgia, I wish we had these bars when I was a kid!

    1. It’s all the goodness without pesky bread crust. 🙂

  20. My youngest two kids eat pb&j every day for lunch, so I KNOW they would LOVE these. Who am I kidding, EVERYONE would love these! YUM!

    1. My kids went through a streak like that. They loved these bars!

    • Jamie on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    I live off of PB&J and love these kind of bars but have never thought to add pb and choc chips to them. I will be trying them soon!

    1. Please let me know what you think of them!

  21. Oh I’ve had cherry jam bars before but never thought of combining them with peanut butter and chocolate. Love this!

    1. Two of my favorites rolled into one! Gotta get it on all levels!

  22. Great recipe for Chocolate chip. I am not really a fan of Peanut Butter, but, this is one recipe I would like to try. And your pictures look so great. I love the choice of dark barkground and a slightly lighter base.

    1. Thank you! Not a fan of peanut butter? The horror! I bet you could try another nut butter instead, though then you’d have to ditch the peanut butter chips. Maybe just double the chocolate or sub white chocolate chips for the peanut butter ones?

  23. Love how you took two great pairs – PB&J and PB & chocolate and made them an awesome trio. Plus whole weaht flours means I can eat more, right?

    1. Neat, isn’t it? 🙂 And yes, the whole wheat flour makes it so you can have twice as many.

  24. PB and chocolate are definitely good for you – they’re health foods! I love the idea of using cherry jam in these bars, and the pictures are gorgeous!

    1. I agree! It’s all around good. And the cherry jam? That’s fruit. It’s super healthy.

  25. Oh, man – I would probably eats these straight from the pan, cause that is how I roll.

    1. No need to be classy. Just stuff it in your face!

  26. my husband loves peanut butter and jam! Add chocolate chips to the mixture and these will be a winner! Great looking bars Carrie!

  27. Hard to go wrong with fruit, PB and chocolate!

    • Kelly H on March 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    These look really good. Peanut butter and chocolate are a good combination add in jam and that just sounds amazing. 🙂 Going to have to make them sometime.

    • Kelly H on March 31, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    My favorite chocolate peanut butter treat is dark chocolate peanut butter on saltines. Yum!

    • David James on March 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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    I’m making these and going on a Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bar bender. I won’t stop until the last crumb has been consumed. There’s really nothing better than PB & Chocolate.

  28. Those bars look delicious. Only thing better with pb and jam is to add chocolate.

    1. Chocolate makes everything better! 😉

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