Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

One of my favorite blogs - My Baking Addiction - has some amazing recipes!  She's got classics, new stuff, and everything I've tried is YUMMO!

I tried the PB&J bars and she's right - they do taste just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  Definitely need to be served with a tall glass of milk!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 c. (9 oz.) chunky peanut butter
1 c. (9 oz.) creamy peanut butter
3 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. kosher salt
1 1/2 c. (18 oz.) blackberry jam (I used raspberry and pretty much used an entire jar)
1/2 c. salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350* F.  Line a 9 X 13 X 2 inch pan with parchment paper and then grease and flour the pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes.  With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla eggs and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined.  In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the four mixture to the peanut butter mixture.  Mix just until combined.
Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula.  Spread the jam evenly over the dough.  Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam.  Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven.  Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool and cut into squares.  Serve up with a big glass of ice cold milk!

Thanks for all the yummies Jamie!  I may have to try these Guinness Cupcakes next!

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