Oh my gosh! We used to have this great bakery - Cielo Bakery - in Spokane that made the most wonderful peanut butter & jelly bars. Then they closed and I have been craving them ever since. These bars are exactly like Cielo Bakery's!! I make them in a 9x9 pan instead of the 13x9 so they're thicker, and leave off the peanut butter chips. Maybe bake another 5 minutes, but not long.
Peanut Butter and Jelly 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!
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Bake: 45 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes
- Calories: 274
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated fat: 5g
- Protein: 7g
- Carbohydrate: 30g
- Fiber: 2g
- Cholesterol: 19mg
- Sodium: 152mg
- 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
- 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.
This recipe also appeared in the September 2007 issue.
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