Flower and Sugar

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

My co-workers are some of the biggest supporters of my baking. We had a make your own sandwich potluck to welcome our new group of residents. When I went to go sign up to bring something to the potluck – my coworkers had saved a dessert spot for me! They had also apparently checked to make sure I was working that day so I could bring a treat! I thought it was very sweet of them!

I brought these peanut butter and jelly bars. They’ve been a bit of a stand by recipe for me for years. They have a great peanut butter taste with the layer of jelly to help sweeten the bar. I thought it would be fitting to bring peanut butter and jelly bars to the sandwich pot luck as pb & js are such a classic lunch sandwich. I think they were well received!

Recipe From Ina Garden’s barefoot contessa at home

  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1-1.5 cups strawberry jelly

Line a 9x13 pan with tinfoil and spray it with cooking spray (otherwise the jelly will stick to the tinfoil when you remove the bars – I know this from experience). Preheat the oven to 350F.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light in color, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix to combine. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Then slowly incorporate the flour into the dough – mix until just combined.

Put 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Then spread the jelly into an even layer. Crumble the remaining dough over the jelly layer and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. Cool and then cut into bars.

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