If you love the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but are looking for a little twist then this peanut butter and jelly graham cracker sandwich is just what you're looking for. With only three ingredients you can have this whipped up in 5 minutes or less.
These delicious and easy to make peanut butter and jelly graham cracker sandwiches are a copycat of the Welch's Grand slam which is been discontinued. They are a simple combination of crunchy graham crackers, creamy peanut butter and sweet grape jelly.
Making easy sandwiches like this (or this microwave grilled cheese or this mac and cheese grilled cheese) are perfect for when you want a quick and inexpensive brunch or lunch. You can have these ready to chow down on in about 5 minutes.
Whether you're looking for an easy lunch for your kids lunch box, and after school snack or a casual brunch food to serve to your guests your next get together these easy to make sandwiches are sure to fit the bill.
They combine a little sweet crunch of graham cracker with the classic salty, nutty and sweet taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
🥪 Why To Try This Recipe
- Easy - these are super easy to make. All you have to do is add a little peanut butter and jelly to your graham crackers. You can have them put together in 5 minutes.
- Customizable- there are a ton of ways to customize the flavors of these sandwiches. You can trade out nut butters, jelly flavors or even the type of graham cracker.
- Taste of nostalgia- these have the perfect touch of nostalgia since there are copycat of Welch's Grand slam sandwiches. And, they also have that classic peanut butter and jelly flavor with a little extra crunch.
- Budget friendly- You only need three simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. And, if you don't, they are all relatively inexpensive.
- Ziploc bag or piping bags
- Graham crackers- these give a little extra sweet and crunch to the sandwich in place of bread.
- Grape jelly - We like to use Welch's. But you can use any brand.
- Smooth peanut butter- typically we use a natural peanut butter, however, for this recipe regular peanut butter is better because it has a more consistent texture.
See recipe card for quantities.
📖Substitutions & Variations
If you're looking for a few ways to vary the flavor of this recipe, or if you need to substitute an ingredient here are some ideas you can use.
- Different nut butter - instead of using peanut butter, you can use any other type of nut butter including almond butter, cashew butter or even pistachio butter.
- Different flavor jelly - Great jelly is a flavor We used and is the most commonly used for a PB and J. However, you can use any flavor jelly you prefer.
- Make it sweet - instead of peanut butter, you can use chocolate hazelnut spread known as Nutella. Or, instead of jelly you can use some honey. Either option will give you a sweeter more dessert like sandwich.
- Add some fruit- thinly sliced apples, strawberries or bananas are perfect if you want a little fruit addition to the sandwich.
- Use different graham crackers- You can use a flavored graham cracker like chocolate or cinnamon. You can also find graham crackers in various shapes and sizes if you want to use those.
- Add chocolate - chocolate makes everything better. You can use melting chocolate and dip your sandwiches into it for a decadent dessert sandwich.
- Skip the stripes - If you don't want to take the time to make or use piping bags You can simply spread a thin layer of peanut butter on one graham cracker and a thin layer of jelly on another and then put your sandwich together.
Follow the detailed step by step instructions below complete with process shots to get your sandwiches put together perfectly.
Step 1: Scoop your jelly into a Ziploc bag and squeeze it into the bottom corner of the bag.
Step 2: Scoop your peanut butter into a Ziploc bag and squeeze it into the bottom corner of the bag.
Step 3: Use kitchen scissors to snip the end of the bags off.
Step 4: Carefully squeeze alternating strips of peanut butter and jelly onto one half of a sheet of graham cracker.
Step 5: Continue alternating peanut butter and jelly strips until you have filled the graham cracker with them.
Step 6: Take the other half of the graham cracker sheet and gently place it on top to create your sandwich.
Hint: Don't press the graham crackers together too hard or they may break or crumble. Just gently place the top graham cracker on slowly twisting a little to get it to stick in place.
⭐Recipe Tips for Success
- Make sure to start and end your strips with peanut butter so that it holds the jelly on the inside of the sandwich.
- Don't let them sit too long before eating while the graham crackers can become soggy.
- Be gentle when adding the peanut butter and jelly as well as been putting the top on the sandwich so that you don't break the graham crackers.
- Don't use too much peanut butter or jelly or it can be difficult/messy to eat.
These will stay good for around a day as long as they are kept in an airtight container. It is best to keep them in the refrigerator due to the jelly.
If you want consume them within a day, you'll want to freeze them to save for later. To do this, simply wrap each sandwich individually and place them into a freezer bag. Then, you can place them in the freezer.
When you're ready to eat them, simply take them out of the freezer and place them in the refrigerator overnight to defrost. Do note that the graham crackers will tend to be a little moist and less crunchy if you choose this route.
Yes, unfortunately we'll just Grand slams have been discontinued. However, you can use this recipe to make your own at home.
Yes, you can make these peanut butter and jelly graham cracker sandwiches gluten-free and nut free. Simply use gluten-free graham crackers or a nut free butter like sunflower seed butter.
PB&J Graham Cracker Sandwiches
- Ziploc bag
- 4 Full Graham crackers
- 4 Tablespoon Peanut butter
- 4 Tablespoon Grape jelly
- Break each sheet of graham crackers in half.
- Scoop the peanut butter into a Ziploc bag.
- Scoop the jelly into a Ziploc bag.
- Press the peanut butter into a bottom corner of the bag and then snip the end off the bag. See photo in process shots above for an example.
- Press jelly into a bottom corner of the bag and then snip the end off the bag.
- Starting with peanut butter add a small strip into one half of the graham cracker by slowly squeezing it out of the hole in the bag.
- Alternate the strips of peanut butter with strips of jelly, making sure to start and end with peanut butter.
- Once you have filled the graham with peanut butter and jelly strips, carefully place the other half of the graham cracker on top.
- Start and end with strips of peanut butter to help keep your sandwich together.
- Be gentle when putting the graham crackers together to ensure you don't break them.
- Eat immediately for best results so that the graham crackers don't get soggy.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a day.
- If you need to keep them for longer, it's best to freeze them to prevent the graham crackers from getting too soggy. Simply individually wrapped each sandwich in cling wrap and place into freezer bags.
- To defrost, place in the fridge overnight. Note, graham crackers will not be as crisp as when eaten fresh.