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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 5 mins
Yield 24 bars
Try this recipe that's a new twist on a classic. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars combine those oh-so-tasty flavors that we all know and love into a dessert bar that the whole family will appreciate. Bonus: no bread crusts to cut off!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry preserves
  • 2/3 cup salted peanuts
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter chips

Nutrition Information

  • calories 274
  • fat 15 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • protein 7 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 19 mg
  • sodium 152 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Lower speed; add egg, vanilla and peanut butter and beat until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Set aside 1/2 cup dough.

  4. Using your fingertips, press remaining dough into an even layer in pan. Spread preserves over dough. Crumble reserved 1/2 cup dough over preserves and then sprinkle with peanuts and peanut butter chips.

  5. Bake until golden and bubbly, 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars.

Cook's Notes

This recipe also appeared in the September 2007 issue.