originally i had planned on making peanut butter and fudge oatmeal cookies for the bake sale, but at the last minute changed my mind to these peanut butter and jelly bars – hooo boy, am i glad i did. the first bite made me feel like a kid again, these bars taste just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but, you know…more party friendly 🙂
i stayed almost entirely true to the recipe. i only made one change to the recipe itself, less peanuts on top and didn’t bother with the fussy tin foil in the baking dish instructions. i buttered the glass dish directly and the bars popped right out. easy peasy!
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY BARS (from bon appetit)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (i use skippy)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature + more for greasing the baking dish
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup grape jelly (i used grape cider jelly from hoch orchard – SO good)
1/2 cup chopped salted dry-roasted peanuts
preheat oven to 350. grease bottom and sides of an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with butter.
whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. in a separate, larger bowl, beat peanut butter, sugar and butter until smooth (i LOVE the smell of peanut butter and butter together). add egg and vanilla and mix totally on low. add flour mixture and beat until just blended.
divide dough in half. place one half in the freezer to chill for few minutes. take the other half and evenly press into the bottom of the prepped baking dish. spread jelly over the dough (this is easier if jelly is room temperature). take the dough out of the freezer and sprinkle it over the jelly in little pieces. top with chopped peanuts.
bake 35-40 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. let cool completely, in the dish, on a rack before serving. i bet you won’t be able to eat just one at a time.
pro-tip – these are even more delicious after being refrigerated for a few hours!