Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a favorite for kids’ lunches.  Why?  Because they are easy to make, and because even if kids won’t eat anything else, they will almost always eat a PB & J.  Both my boys went through stages when just about all I could get them to eat was PB & J sandwiches.  Luckily they both moved on to enjoy other foods fairly quickly.  They do, however, still enjoy an occasional PB & J.  And I have to admit that I do too!  I knew my boys would love these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars.  The original recipe called for 12 ounces of grape jelly, but I decided to substitute seedless raspberry jam.  The jar I had was 18 ounces, and I used the whole jar.  I made these bars in a 9x9 inch pan, but if you need to serve more people they could be baked in a 9x13 inch pan.  If you do use a larger pan, reduce the baking time.

I also want to thank Anita from Aunt Nubby's Kitchen for the Versatile Blogger award!  I lover her blog and am honored that she passed the award on to me.  Since I have already received this award, I am going to link to past posts HERE and HERE where I shared things about myself and linked to several wonderful blogs.



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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
The perfect bar for the kid in all of us.

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (12 or 16 ounces) seedless raspberry jam
  • 3/4 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.2. Brush a 9x9 inch pan with butter, then line with parchment paper allowing the paper to hang over two sides of the pan by an inch or two; butter parchment paper.3. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, and salt then use a pastry blender to but in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.4. Add egg and vanilla then stir until dough just comes together.5. Reserve 1 cup of dough for the topping and press the remaining dough into the bottom of the pan as evenly as possible.6. Spread jam over the top of the layer of dough.7. Combine the reserved dough with the peanuts and peanut butter chips; crumble over the jam layer.8. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until the topping is a golden brown.9. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack; run a knife around the edges then using the parchment paper, lift bars from the pan, and cut into 12 or 16 squares.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 bars
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

30 comments:

  1. What a decadent treat! My husband will really love those bars!

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  2. Those look good and evil, my kind of combo! Congrats on the award. Hope you have a great weekend.
    -Gina-

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  3. SUCH a fun recipe. I love peanut butter, these are great!

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  4. The all time favorite combo in the form of a cookie bar-yum. Love the salty sweet layers with the bottom crust of shortbread.
    Congrats on your recent award!

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  5. oh my godh! This looks ah-mazing! There's no way I could resist having more than one of these!

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  6. We all love peanut butter combination with chocolates, but with jam it's even better...brings back childhood memories for the love of PBJ sandwiches.
    Your bars look over the top yummy, Jill, and the photos are stunning!

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  7. Congratulations on the award and I have recently been on a peanut butter and jelly kick so I about fell out of my chair when I saw this! Really terrific!

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  8. This peanut butter jelly bar is a die for one. Love to try them.

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  9. My kids would love those too! And I could totally convince myself it's okay to eat one of these babies for lunch!

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  10. My husband would love these . He has pb&j on crackers all the time, so this would be a nice treat.

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  11. I love baking bars! these sound so perfect and delicious! :)

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  12. Congratz on your award and wowowo , the bars look delish!!! I so crave for a slice now :) .

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  13. I thought these sounded pretty good, and then I read that you used raspberry jam instead of grape and my stomach when 'RAWR!' So delicious :)

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  14. Oh, these are gorgeous bars!!! Your photography is always PERFECT!

    PS...I've heard the same complaints about Pam for Baking....they need to revamp their nozzle.

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  15. I know I would love these especially with the raspberry jelly. PB&J is just one of those flavors you never get tired of-- no matter what age you are! These look absolutely delicious!

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  16. Jill...your pictures are gorgeous! Who doesn't love the combo of PB &J. But oddly...my kids have never liked grape jelly. So strawberry was how we rolled with it...and I can't wait to try these!

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  17. I love bar cookies, and who wouldn't go for these fun peanut butter and jelly bars! Thanks!

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  18. Your PB&J bars are gorgeous, and kids of all ages would love them. My oldest son ate PB&J sandwiches for years. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. These look wonderful, great idea! I am a huge PB&J person myself! Congrats again on the award!!

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  20. I have always loved peanut butter and jelly bars! The PB chips are a nice addition putting them above any that I have seen!

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  21. I've made peanut butter and jelly bars before, and they're a big family favorite!

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  22. Peanut butter and jelly bars look so delicious!

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  23. Why do you have to tempt me like that ;)??

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  24. PBJ is one of the perfect foods and we love these little bars! Sometimes a sandwich is too much, and these are perfect bites ... if you can eat only one!

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  25. These bars look divine! Love the raspberry jelly in them, what a great touch.

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  26. I've never outgrown my love of PB and J. These are perfect. I love to visit here. I never leave empty handed and my family always gets something delicious when I drop by. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. oh my godh! This looks ah-mazing! There's no way I could resist having more than one of these!

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