PB&J Bars

Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
24 bars


  • 1 recipe Basic Cookie Dough

  • 1 10 ounce jar strawberry preserves

  • 1 cup regular rolled oats

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoon butter

Basic Cookie Dough

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • 2 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare Basic Cookie Dough as directed, except substitute 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter for the cream cheese and reduce flour to 2 cups. Press 2 cups of the dough evenly onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

  2. Bake crust about 10 minutes or until set. Spread preserves evenly over hot crust. Add oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the remaining dough. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Sprinkle crumb mixture over preserves.

  3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes more or until top is lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Basic Cookie Dough

  1. In a large bowl combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

To Store:

Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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