Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

There are some foods that are iconic. They remind you of your childhood, simpler times, or even a comfort. This is all three in one. You can use whatever jam/jelly you prefer, as it is not required to use only one option. That’s what is lovely about this recipe, you can make it to your tastes or a combination of flavors at one time.

  • Ingredients:
    • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 1½ cups sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, at room temperature
    • 18 ounces creamy peanut butter
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1½ teaspoons salt
    • 18 ounces jam or jelly
    • 2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • Directions:
    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking 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 well combined.
    • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture.  Mix just until combined.
    • Spread two thirds of the dough in the prepared pan, spread evenly. Spread the jam evenly over the dough.  You can add two (or more) types of jam/jelly on the same pan if desired. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don’t worry if all the jam isn’t covered; the dough will spread when it bakes. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool before cutting.

This is a great recipe for kids, parents, groups, anyone who loves classic flavors of peanut butter and jelly. If you have alternatives to this recipe that you have tried and love, please share them with me, I would love to try variations.

Happy Eating!

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