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!
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
How to Make It
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.
Oh Wow! These bars are great! Made them exactly as the recipe was written, except that I didn't have a 9 x 13 mine was 9.5 x 13.5, but it worked out just fine. I used Dry Roasted Peanuts and pulsed them a bit in a mini food processor. Heaven. Hubby loves them too.
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.
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