Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I made these bars for one of our class potlucks. I made it a little healthier with sugar-free jam and Adam's low-sugar peanut butter because it was what I had at the time. But who cares about calories when it comes to dessert. Enjoy!

• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 1/2 cups peanut butter
• 3 cups flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups strawberry jam
• 2/3 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Preheat oven at 350° F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix butter and sugar in 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. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Combine with the ingredients in mixer on low speed then mix in vanilla. Transfer two-thirds of the mixture to pan and spread evenly. Next spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture. Dollop remaining third of mixture on top of jam. Sprinkle with peanuts. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden. Cool and eat!

Brittani Hunsaker

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