Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies are a fun dessert inspired a kid’s favorite sandwich, the PB&J! Tasty peanut butter brownies with swirls of strawberry jam.

This new Brownies Recipe pairs the creamy richness of our Ultimate Triple Peanut Blondies with a sweet jam for a blissful summer dessert. These easy Blondies are perfect for lunchboxes, after school snacks, and all summer long!

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PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BLONDIES

A PB&J sandwich is an old school kid favorite that takes you back to simpler summer days of running through sprinklers, playing tag, and Saturday morning cartoons. Every so often, gourmet chefs try to reinvent these iconic sammies with fancy or exotic ingredients. But as good as the critics say those new PB&J recipes are nothing beats the classic flavors of peanut butter and jelly.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies are moist and chewy blonde brownies filled with peanut butter and fruit flavor. The slightly salty creamy peanut butter gets perfectly balanced with the sweet strawberry preserves, just like a PB&J sandwich! Seriously, you’ll be amazed how much these taste exactly the lunchbox classic.

For these Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies you can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter. If you are firmly in the “chunky peanut butter is best” camp, you’ll love the texture and crunch it adds. But you should not use natural peanut butter, creamy or not. Natural peanut butter is too oily for baking and changes the texture of baked goods. 

Since this recipe is inspired by a classic PB&J sandwich, Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies uses strawberry jam. You can use any of your favorite jelly or jam flavors. Jelly is a little thinner and is easier to swirl, but jam has bigger chunks of fruit. It really comes down to your preference!

Keep your Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies on the counter for a quick after school snack, they will last about 4 days in a sealed bag. For a cool summer dessert, serve these PB&J Blondies with Vanilla Ice Cream. Turn them into a rich, peanut buttery strawberry shortcake by topping with Whipped Cream and Strawberry Topping!

What’s the difference between Blondies and Brownies?

Blondies are basically vanilla and brown sugar brownies. the biggest difference besides not using cocoa powder is adding brown sugar which makes a rich, vanilla caramel batter. The mild vanilla brownie batter allows added ingredients like peanut butter and jelly to really shine. For even richer brownies, use all brown sugar instead of white sugar.

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VARIATIONS ON PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BLONDIES

  • Jelly and Jam: Use your favorite jam or jelly flavors like grape jelly, raspberry jam, or orange marmalade instead of the strawberry jam.
  • Peanut Butter: Instead of peanut butter, use another nut butter like cashew butter or almond butter. You can use cookie butter or chocolate hazelnut spread, too!
  • Peanuts: Sprinkle chopped honey roasted peanuts or salted peanuts over your PB & J Blondies before baking for an extra crunch!
  • Baking Chips: Stir in ½ cup of your favorite baking chips to the peanut butter batter. Try chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or toffee bits.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Add chopped fresh strawberries for even more fruity flavor! Gently fold in a ½ cup finely chopped (about ¼ inch pieces) to the batter before pouring in the pan.
  • PB and Jelly Blondie Bites: Prepare Peanut Butter Blondie batter as usual and pour into a 24 cup greased mini muffin pan. Use a spoon to make an indent in each cup and fill with a teaspoon of strawberry jam. Bake at 350 degrees F for 14 to 16 minutes.

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HOW TO STORE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BLONDIES

  • Serve: Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies can be kept at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 4 days.
  • Store: Store blondies in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Microwave PB&J Blondies for about 10-15 seconds to warm before serving.
  • Freeze: Cool Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies completely before flash freezing on a baking sheet for 1 hour. Transfer blondies to a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature to serve.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies are a fun dessert inspired a kid's favorite sandwich, the PB&J! Tasty peanut butter brownies with swirls of strawberry jam.
Yield 16
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 8x8 pan with baking spray.
  • In stand mixer mix together peanut butter, butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  • Lower speed to low, then add in flour, baking powder and salt until just combined.
  • Spread mixture evenly into baking pan.
  • Spoon in small dollops the strawberry jam onto the batter and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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