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March 21, 2009

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Filed under: Cookies, Dessert — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 11:22 am

A few months ago I received Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook for my birthday.  I must confess that this is the first recipe that I’ve made out of it.  Something put me in the mood for peanut butter cookies but then I remembered that I had a recipe in teh cookbook for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars.  The idea of bar cookies appealed to me so much more than drop cookies.

My husband and I both agreed that these tasted like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that was baked.  I suggest that you have a glass of milk and a napkin handy when you eat these cookies.  My husband took a small plate of cookies to a coworker who also enjoyed them.  I took a plate to my mom and she loved them.  I suggest bringing these to your next gathering.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

source: Martha Stewart Cookie cookbook and marthastewart.com

Ingredients

Makes about 3 dozen

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry jam, or other flavor
  • 2/3 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter, and line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the parchment, and coat inside of pan with flour; set aside. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of 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.
  2. Whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour. Add to bowl of mixer on low speed; combine. Add vanilla. Transfer two-thirds of mixture to prepared pan; spread evenly with offset spatula. Using offset spatula, spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture. Dollop remaining third of peanut-butter mixture on top of jam. Sprinkle with peanuts.
  3. Bake until golden, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool; cut into about thirty-six 1 1/2-by-2-inch pieces.
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2 Comments »

  1. I’ve made these also and they are good. I’ve not had a bad recipe from that cookbook yet!

    http://cookiesonfriday.blogspot.com/2009/01/peanut-butter-and-jelly-bars.html

    Comment by Nicole — March 21, 2009 @ 11:42 am

  2. Yum! I have that cookbook too and these bars are on my list of things to make!

    Comment by Erin — March 21, 2009 @ 11:46 am


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