Yield: 9 sandwiches, depending on loaf size

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches

Homemade uncrustables sandwiches on a counter, with one cut open to show the peanut butter and jam inside.

These make-ahead homemade uncrustables sandwiches are one of my most favorite kid-friendly lunch ideas for easy school lunches!  They are always a hit with the littles, and they also work great for car trips, vacations, picnics, and other events! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 loaf sliced sandwich bread (white or wheat)
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter, nut butter, or nutella
  • 2/3 cup jam, jelly, honey, or fruit preserves


To make one sandwich:

  1. Lay out two pieces of bread.
  2. Spread peanut butter or other nut butter onto one side of both pieces of bread.
  3. Spread jam on top of peanut butter on both pieces of bread, or place small rounded dollup of jam in the center of one piece.
  4. Place both pieces of bread together with peanut butter/jam sides facing in.
  5. Using a sandwich sealer, biscuit/cookie cutter, or an upside down cup or glass, cut out the center of the sandwich and remove outer crusts. (If not using a sandwich sealer, crimp edges of sandwich with your fingers or a fork to seal.)
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap or place in sandwich bag.

To freeze:

Place individually wrapped sandwiches into a large gallon-size ziptop freezer bag. Label bag, and lay flat in the freezer to freezer sandwiches for several hours or overnight, until frozen solid. Be sure not to stack anything on top of your sandwiches until they are fully frozen. Then you can move them, stack them, or place them in a plastic food storage container for extra protection.

To use:

I just pull the sandwiches straight out of the freezer and put them in lunch boxes frozen. They are usually thawed by lunchtime.


If your kids will eat crusts, go ahead and spread your peanut butter and jam to the edges of your bread, then let your kids eat the crust pieces as a snack. If your kids will not eat crusts, then only spread a small circle, just slightly larger than your sandwich cutter, of peanut butter and jam on your bread - no sense wasting it on the uneaten edges! You can then use the crust pieces to make homemade breadcrumbs, croutons, use in meatloaf, feed to the birds/ducks, etc.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 572Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 611mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.

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