July 25, 2009

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

I have no idea how I found the blog where I saw this recipe, but  Delicious Meliscious is a great source of new recipes at my house!


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2 cups strawberry jam
2/3 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray and flour; set aside.

Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. 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 spatula.  Using spatula, spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture.  Crumble 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;

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