Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe
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!

Yield:

24 bars

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 45 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 274
Fat 15 g
Satfat 5 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrate 30 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium 152 mg

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

Preparation

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Note:

This recipe also appeared in the September 2007 issue.

April 2012
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