The perfect back-to-school treat, these peanut butter and jelly muffins double as both a fun breakfast and an after school snack!
peanut butter and jelly muffins

Best day before moving day decision.



Not only are they the ultimate bribery tactic to keep the movers in line (I’m very much not above such things), but hovering, stressing, and bubble wrapping burn MAJOR calories.

And major caloric deficits require peanut butter.

That pretty much is a scientifically proven fact.


PB&J never fails to hit the comfort food spot for me, and I love that with these muffins it can double as a grab-and-go breakfast and anti-anxiety medication. The original recipe is from Averie Cooks, and being that she is basically the peanut butter master, and even wrote a whole (fabulous) cookbook on the subject, I knew it was going to be a good one.

Spoiler: I was right.

These muffins are so fluffy, moist and full of rich peanut butter flavor that gives way to a raspberry jam surprise party when you bite into them.

I knew I couldn’t have a whole batch of them in my apartment without getting into some serious trouble, so I sent a few to Aly of Cooking In Stilettos for this month’s Leftovers Club! I hope she gets as much comfort out of them as I did.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
The perfect back-to-school treat, these peanut butter and jelly muffins double as both a fun breakfast and an after school snack!
Yield: 12 muffins
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raspberry jam
  1. Heat oven to 350. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, peanut butter, canola oil, and vanilla.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a 1½ tbsp cookie scoop, scoop one scoop of the batter into each of the muffin cups. In the center, scoop about 1-2 teaspoons of the jam. Top with a second 1½ tbsp scoop of the batter so that it covers the jam.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are set and golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Very slightly adapted from Averie Cooks

For more peanut butter and jelly filled treats, check out these:

peanut butter and jelly macarons

Peanut Butter and Jelly Macarons

peanut butter and roasted grape jelly popsicles

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles

peanut butter and jelly bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

From Around the Web:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes from Keep It Sweet

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups from With Style & Grace

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn from Simply Healthy Family

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts from Nutmeg Nanny

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake from Daydreamer Desserts


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68 Responses to Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    Bring it on! Yum!
    I like me some apricot jam with my peanut butter – I’ll give it a try and let you know.

  2. Baby June says:

    Oooh those look fabulous! Such a great way to start the day!

  3. Sues says:

    These look like THE BEST anti-anxiety medication. I would take 2 every morning 🙂

  4. Oh yum! My kids would love these for breakfast. (or lunch) (or dinner) 🙂
    Have a great day Joanne!

  5. Oh my goodness, these look so darn good! Comfort food in a cute little muffin. I love it.

  6. PB&J for the win! Such a great idea for bribing movers.

  7. If I was the one moving, I probably would’ve just gone right to the jars of PB and J with a spoon, far too lazy and stressed to deal with actual baking — but what’s more stress relieving than a delicious, peanut butter-packed muffin?

  8. Johanna GGG says:

    mmm these would be a great breakfast on the run – which I am sure will be your situation when all the furniture goes – good luck with the movers

  9. So glad I have your permission to eat these for breakfast. Bookmarking these to try soon. Good luck with the move! (And maybe it’s time to stop baking? Considering that you’re moving tomorrow? Gosh, I don’t know how you do it!)

  10. debbie says:

    Oh they look so good and I’m not even a big fan of jelly…but I would try these!!!!

  11. I’m sooooo going to make these very very soon! My bf and I go watch British soccer games (we’re in Milwaukee) on the weekends, and that means early mornings sometimes. Next weekend is a 7am game in our time zone, and I’m pretty sure I’ll make a lot of friends at the bar with these!! Hope moving goes smoothly for you!

  12. Those are the luckiest movers ever! These look scrumptious!

  13. These muffins look so heavenly moist and good!

  14. Good luck with moving! These are sure to keep them in line :)…can I come help too if this is the reward?!

  15. Monique says:

    So smart! When Brent and I moved we ordered take out but we were so busy we only had 1 meal each day we moved. But I can safely say that the fried sugar donuts we ordered with that one meal justified skipping the other two meals. lol
    If I ever have the nerve to move again (heaven help me), there will be food packed for this very reason.
    Happy unpacking and congrats on the new love nest!

  16. Oh, gosh. These fab muffins have WEEKEND written aaaall over them. PB&J anything totally rocks my tastebuds and I kinda need these muffins in my face. 🙂

  17. These look delicious! I’d like to take one in my work lunch for a snack.

  18. daphne says:

    Boy, i need to think of a gluten free and hopefully sugar free version.. This appeals to me SO MUCH!

  19. Stop it with all this PB&J goodness! But really don’t stop. I agree that not only is PB&J quick and easy but it is so my go to comfort food. Good luck with the move!!!

  20. Pam says:

    They look and sound tasty! My kids would dig them.

  21. Heather says:

    You really can’t go wrong with PB&J. I made some PB&J over the weekend knowning full well that none would come home with us. Such a magical combo.

  22. I am so going to try and make these when I’ve got time on my hands 🙂

  23. I love the look of the filling in these! Yum 🙂

  24. Shannon says:

    what a great way to use up my jam stash 🙂

  25. OMG they almost look like a blondie- YUMMMMMM!

  26. Oooh – these sound pretty puuuurfect Joanne – I haven’t participated in the Leftovers club this summer and this reminds me I need to come back!

  27. I hope moving day goes smoothly for you!
    Love the jelly filling! Can’t go wrong with PB&J!

  28. Sarah says:

    Mmmm these look so comforting ~ and that filling! Good luck with your move!

  29. alyssa says:

    Love these! I totally thought about PB&J muffins when I got my PB&J challenge but opted for something quick. My son would devour these!

  30. I would have loved to have these in my lunchbox growing up!

  31. oh my gawd, Pb&j muffins!! yes, Averie is a peanut butter mastermind. . and yes, muffins or sweet treats are always the best kind of bribery in my book. . that and a large glass of wine and pizza.

  32. Beth says:

    Your muffins look awesome. Good luck with the move!

  33. Oh my. I think I’m in love. With these muffins. I SO want this right now!

  34. PBJ sounds perfect to replenish some of that energy burned.

  35. Lisa says:

    I never can get enough peanut butter and these look lovely. Bribery is not always such a bad thing to keep people in line 🙂 Yet another recipe bookmarked from you site.

  36. OH MY GOD!!! This is definitely my kind of treat!1 So YUMMY!

  37. Veronica says:

    I’m convinced that one day you’ll have your own PB&J cookbook. These look great!

  38. Susan says:

    I am all for the peanut butter and jelly desserts. These look awesome and necessary when it comes to moving.

  39. Mary Frances says:

    Oh.My.Gosh. These muffins. What the what? Is this even legal? So much thick and chewy, almost fudgy, awesomeness right here!

  40. Kate says:

    The end is in sight! Good luck with the move!

  41. Danguole says:

    You are the queen of PB&J treats! If movers got these at every customer’s house, I’d switch careers immediately.

  42. Oh yeah, you’ll definitely find me in the kitchen scarfing down ten of these at once.

  43. Shaina says:

    Glad to see someone else had PB&J in mind this month =) These look delicious!

  44. Cathy Perez says:

    I love muffins and these Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins sound great, a must try, Pinned!

  45. gloria says:

    Look absolutely delicious Joanne!

  46. Faye says:

    PB&J is the ultimate comfort food and moving is a major pain so I see the correlation : ) These muffins look absolutely delish!

  47. I SO love PBJ anything! Brilliant idea to bribe the movers. I will have to keep that in mind. I’m moving in a couple of months! The muffins look amazing!

  48. grace says:

    i’ve been on a real pb&j kick lately and i find these SUPER appealing!

  49. Woah..These look intense in all the right ways. I love peanut butter paired with something sweet in almost any form. These too, however, would be a dangerous snack in my kitchen!

  50. Love these! Perfect for me too 🙂 Not just school aged kids…lol

  51. Lynn says:

    I’m afraid I will eat them all by myself. At once. But I’ll definitely make these – oh my goodness they look good!

  52. that is exactly what I want to eat right now. well done! Hope the move went well!

  53. These muffins look perfect! I don’t think that one ever out grows a love for PB & J!

  54. That is one fineeee looking muffin! Love that thick layer of jelly in there!

  55. Wonderful muffins for an after school snack! I have to get on making these PJ muffins for the girls this week- thanks for the recipe Joanne!

  56. Corina says:

    These look fantastic and I’m so impressed you found time to bake just before moving!

  57. I have a crazy fascination with pb and J so I love this recipe 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  58. Haha I bribed my friends with food and booze when they helped me move all my stuff into storage. No one wants hangry moving help!

  59. Reeni says:

    These are the perfect things for stress eating and bribery too! You could get me to do just about anything by dangling a few in my face! Hope everything went well with your move!

  60. Azu says:

    They look so yummy! Great idea to mix a classic sandwich in a lovely muffin

  61. Rachel says:

    Not that these would last that long in my house, but would these freeze well?

  62. Christina says:

    Love love love these! I used my Oma’s homemade raspberry jam and they were so perfect.

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