Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These PB& J Bars are sweet and savory. With one bite, you will be transported back to your childhood.Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars | A Nerd Cooks

I’ve been wanting to make Peanut Butter and Jelly bars for the longest time, but until now had managed to become distracted by other recipes.  I’m so glad that I finally made these, though.  They’re sweet, deeply peanut buttery, and pretty much universally loved!

I found this recipe on the blog Girl Versus Dough.

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 18 oz. creamy peanut butter
  • 18 oz. raspberry jam (or flavor of your choice)
  • 2/3 cup salted peanuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Line it with parchment paper and spray it again.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes, or until it is light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla extract, followed by one egg at a time.  Then add the peanut butter and mix until everything is smooth and incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Spread 2/3 of the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer. Spread the jam evenly on top of the dough.  Drop small blobs of the remaining dough on top of the jam.  Sprinkle the peanuts on top.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars | A Nerd Cooks

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