Friday, March 2, 2012

Favorite Friday Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly bars

The most delicious bar ever!  Recipe from Epicurious, recommended to me by a Fashionism friend.

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly or other jelly or jam (I used strawberry preserves)
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped salted dry-roasted peanuts (I used oatmeal)

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Line 8 x 8 x 2-inch metal baking pan with heavy-duty foil, leaving 2-inch overhang around edges and pressing firmly into corners and up sides of pan and spray with nonstick spray
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl
  • Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter, sugar, and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; beat on low speed until smooth
  • Add flour mixture; beat on low speed just to blend
  • Transfer half of dough to prepared pan
  • Place remaining dough in freezer for 10 minutes
  • Using fingertips, press dough evenly onto bottom of pan. Spread jelly over in even layer
  • Remove dough from freezer; using fingertips, break into grape-size pieces, work in oatmeal (if using) and scatter over jelly layer
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts over (if using)
  • Bake bars until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool bars completely in pan on rack
  • Using foil overhang as aid, lift bars from pan. Gently peel foil from edges. Cut into 16 squares.

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