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Crispy & Gooey Air Fryer Peanut Butter and Jelly

Crispy & Gooey Air Fryer Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Have you ever thought of tossing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the air fryer? Well, we did, and it turns out, it’s pretty awesome. It’s the same comfort food vibe you love but with a nice, crispy edge that’s seriously satisfying.

This recipe is all about taking those familiar ingredients off the shelf and giving them a little air fryer love to crisp them up. It’s perfect for anyone, really. Whether you’re needing a quick snack, feeding the kids, or just craving that PB&J nostalgia with a twist, this is your go-to. No fuss, just a really good sandwich with a bit of crunch. Let’s get into how you can make it.

Air Fryer Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipe


  • Bread: 4 slices of your preferred type
  • Peanut Butter: 2-3 tablespoons (creamy or crunchy according to your taste)
  • Jelly: 2-3 tablespoons (any flavor you love—strawberry, mango, grape, or raspberry brings out a delightful sweetness.)
  • Butter: 1-2 tablespoons, softened


  1. Prep Your Sandwich:
    • Start by laying out two slices of bread. On one slice, spread a generous layer of peanut butter. On the opposite slice, apply an equally generous layer of jelly. The richness of the peanut butter combined with the sweetness of the jelly creates that classic flavor we all adore.
    • Carefully bring the two slices together, with the peanut butter and jelly facing inward, creating your sandwich.
  2. Add the Butter:
    • Take the softened butter and lightly coat both outer sides of the sandwich. This is the secret to achieving that perfectly golden and crispy exterior.
  3. Air Fry to Perfection:
    • Place your buttered sandwich into the air fryer basket. There’s no need for preheating; the air fryer will do its magic from the get-go.
    • Set the air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Let it cook for about 6-7 minutes. For the best results, flip the sandwich halfway through the cooking time. This ensures an evenly crispy texture on both sides.
  4. Enjoy:
    • Once the sandwich is golden brown and crispy to your liking, carefully remove it from the air fryer. Let it cool for a minute or two for the ultimate crispy texture. Slice diagonally for that classic PB&J presentation and serve.

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Air Fryer PB&J Variations

The beauty of a PB&J is its simplicity, but who says simple can’t have a little flair? Here are some fun variations to try with your air fryer PB&J, keeping it easy but interesting:

  • Go Bananas: Slice up a banana and layer it in with the peanut butter before cooking. It adds a sweet, creamy texture that pairs wonderfully with the crunch.
  • The Elvis: Inspired by the king of rock and roll’s favorite sandwich, add some sliced bananas and a generous drizzle of honey on top of the peanut butter. If you’re feeling adventurous, a slice of bacon inside goes a long way.
  • Chocolate Dream: Swap out the jelly for a chocolate spread or Nutella for a decadent twist. Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven, especially when it’s warm and gooey.
  • Crunch Factor: Add some sliced almonds or crushed pretzels inside the sandwich for an extra crunch. It’s a nice surprise texture-wise and boosts the flavor.
  • Berry Switch-Up: Instead of traditional grape or strawberry jelly, try using raspberry, blackberry, or even a mixed berry jam. Each one brings its own unique taste to the table.
  • Cheese Please: It might sound a bit out there, but adding a slice of mild cheese (like Brie or cream cheese) to the jelly side before air frying creates a melty, savory-sweet combo that’s unexpectedly good.
  • Spice It Up: A sprinkle of cinnamon on the peanut butter, or even mixing in a little chili powder, can add a warm spice that contrasts nicely with the sweet jelly.

Remember, these are just starting points. The real fun comes in experimenting with your favorite flavors and discovering new combos. Who knew the humble PB&J could be such a canvas for creativity?

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