Homemade Uncrustables

The art of creating the perfect snack or quick meal often leads us back to the classics, and what could be more classic than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? However, when I embarked on the journey of making Homemade Uncrustables, it was with the intention of transforming this timeless snack into something even more convenient and enjoyable. The result was a delightful success, offering the nostalgic taste of peanut butter and jelly in a fun, crustless form that’s perfect for lunches, snacks, or any time a quick bite is needed. This homemade version not only brought back memories of childhood lunches but also added a touch of personalization and freshness that store-bought versions simply can’t match. My family loved the ease and novelty of these DIY Uncrustables, making them a new favorite in our home for both young and old alike.


  • 4 loaves of bread (your choice of white, whole wheat, etc.)
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 1 large jar of grape jelly


  1. Prepare your workspace by laying out a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper on a clean surface. This helps with easy cleanup and prevents sticking.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on one side of each slice of bread. Aim for an even layer to ensure every bite has a good balance of flavors.
  3. Add grape jelly to one of the peanut butter-covered slices. Again, strive for even distribution to avoid any jelly-less bites.
  4. Combine the slices by pressing the two slices together, with the peanut butter and jelly sides facing inward.
  5. Form the Uncrustables using a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut the sandwiches into circular shapes, effectively removing the crust and sealing the edges.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining bread, peanut butter, and jelly until you’ve prepared the desired number of sandwiches.

Preparation Tips

  • For a tighter seal, press the edges of the sandwiches with a fork after cutting them into circular shapes.
  • Variety is key: Feel free to experiment with different types of jelly, such as strawberry or raspberry, or use almond butter or hazelnut spread as alternatives to peanut butter.
  • Storage solutions: These homemade Uncrustables can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for longer storage. Simply thaw before enjoying.
  • Make it a meal by pairing your Uncrustables with fresh fruit, yogurt, or a glass of milk for a balanced snack or light lunch.


  1. Can I make these with other fillings? Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with fillings like Nutella, honey, or even savory options like ham and cheese.
  2. How do I prevent the sandwiches from becoming soggy? A thin layer of peanut butter on both slices before adding the jelly can act as a barrier to prevent sogginess.
  3. Can these be made gluten-free? Yes, use gluten-free bread to make your Uncrustables suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  4. Is there a way to make the edges stick together better? After cutting, press the edges firmly with a fork to crimp them together, enhancing the seal.
  5. How long can these be stored in the freezer? When properly stored in a freezer-safe bag or container, they can last for up to 2 months.
  6. Can I use fresh fruit instead of jelly? Yes, finely chopped or mashed fresh fruit can be a delicious and healthier alternative to jelly.
  7. What’s the best way to thaw frozen Uncrustables? Leave them at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  8. Can I make these in bulk? Definitely. They’re perfect for meal prep and can be made in large quantities to save time.
  9. Are there any nut-free alternatives for schools? Use seed butters like sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version that’s safe for school lunches.
  10. How can I make my Uncrustables healthier? Opt for whole grain bread, natural peanut butter without added sugars or oils, and low-sugar jelly.

Homemade Uncrustables not only provide a fun and convenient twist on a beloved classic but also offer the flexibility to cater to various dietary needs and taste preferences. Whether you’re making a quick snack for the kids, prepping for busy weeks ahead, or simply indulging in a bit of nostalgia, these DIY sandwiches are sure to bring a smile to your face with their simplicity and deliciousness.