Sunday, October 20, 2013

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Who doesn't love the classics?  Mac and cheese, tater tots, and of course peanut butter and jelly!  

So what could be better than a good ole classic in dessert form?  These were the perfect finish to the delicious family meal I made.  Everyone loved it from my younger brother, to my grandpa.

Whether you're making treats for a child's birthday, or providing some scrumptious yummies for a tailgate, this is the perfect choice!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Recipe Adapted from Framed Cooks

2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter, Softened
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Eggs
2 Cups of Creamy Peanut Butter
3 Cups of Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/2 Cups of Jam (your choice!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray and line a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  
Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer for about 2 minutes.  

Add eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter.  Mix until fully combined.  

Sift the flour and baking powder together.  

With the mixer on low, add the flour in sections until fully incorporated.  

Take 2/3 of the dough and press it to the  bottom of the pan.  Spread the jam over the dough evenly, covering entire surface.  Using the remaining dough, crumble pieces and scatter them across the surface.  The jam should be mostly covered.  

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.  These are pretty rich so trust me when I tell you cutting them small is not a bad thing!  Enjoy!