Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Who doesn't love peanut butter and jelly? I've wanted to make these cookie bars for a while, and I am glad I finally did. But, get the milk ready - these are very stick-to-your-mouth, can't-talk-for-5-minutes, peanut buttery!

Overall I liked the recipe and would make them again, but with changes. I thought there was about twice as much peanut butter cookie dough as needed. As I pressed the dough into the 9x13, I was thinking these are going to be really thick cookie bars. So, I pressed about half of the dough into a 9x13 and then got out a muffin pan and easily made another 12 pb&j muffin bars. The only other change I would make is to use more jelly. Again, because I thought the cookie itself was more dry/hard to eat and extra jelly might have helped with that.

Source: Martha Stewart

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


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.

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.

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.


Erin said...

I've had my eye on these for a while! They looks delicious!

Colleen said...

Mmmm these look great - I love the pb and j combo in desserts!

Helene said...

Nobody could resist those delicious bars.

Cara said...

I have had Ina's recipe printed out for a while. I'm afraid to make it because I'll want to eat them all!! Yours look great--like the muffin tin idea!

Kerstin said...

What a great treat, you can't go wrong with PB&J! They're so cute in muffin form.

Michelle said...

Oh you totally just became my best friend. I must have been under a rock because this is the first time I've seen these. I can't wait to make them!

mamakrystal said...

These look great Melissa! Yum! I'm a diehard fan of PB&J!

Denise said...

Love Pb and jelly, as do my girls. Bookmarking this now.

Molly Jean said...

What a classic!

Allison said...

Oh my goodness girl! I love pb&j. Looks great. I left you an award today!

Shanna said...

These were really good - I've had this recipe in my favorites for a couple weeks and finally let the kids help make it this afternoon. It is very peanut buttery but with a great taste and I took your advice and added more jam than the recipe called for.
Thanks for a fun Saturday afternoon recipe!

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