Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Serving Size: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 40 minutes

Amount Ingredient
1 c unsalted butter, softened
3 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 c sugar
2 ea large eggs
2 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 c strawberry jam
2/3 c salted peanuts, chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter, and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Grease the parchment, and coat inside of pan with flour; set aside.
  • Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • On medium speed, add eggs and peanut butter; beat until combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Sift together salt, baking powder, and flour.
  • Add to bowl of mixer on low speed; combine.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Transfer two-thirds of mixture to prepared pan; spread evenly with offset spatula.
  • Using offset spatula, spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture.
  • Dollop remaining third of peanut-butter mixture on top of jam.
  • Sprinkle with peanuts.
  • Bake until golden, about 45 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool; cut into about thirty-six 1 1/2-by-2-inch pieces.
These bars are very dense & rich. You could halve the recipe and make it into an 8" x 8" square pan as well.


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