Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Last night while Kramer and I were watching The Mummy (you know it’s awesome), I started browsing through my recipes and remembered that I had been meaning to make these peanut butter and jelly bars from Cast Sugar. I’m glad I did! They were pretty easy to make and were so good! Kramer adores anything with peanut butter, so these were a hit in his book, too. I can’t wait to make these again because they’re sure to please any crowd (as long as they’re not allergic to peanuts). Recipe after the jump!


Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
You probably already have all of this in your house!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Beat together the sugar and butter…

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
…until it’s light and fluffy.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Then add your peanut butter and vanilla to the butter and beat until combined.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Then beat in your eggs.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Gradually add your flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until it’s just moistened and combined thoroughly.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Press 2/3 of the dough into a greased or lined 9×13 inch pan. I like to line my pan with tinfoil when I make bars like this so I can lift them out of the pan for easy cutting and removing.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Next, spread your jam evenly on top of the crust. The recipe called for 18 oz. of jam, which is about an average sized jar, but next time I make these I think I’ll do a jar and a half.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Crumble the remaining 1/3 dough on top of the jam.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Then, if you like, sprinkle chopped peanuts on top of that. I used the peanuts and it gave the bars a nice little extra crunch.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Allow to cool completely before slicing (I popped mine in the refrigerator for a bit).

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Maybe I’ll have to have one of these for breakfast…

Peanut Butter & Jelly BarsPeanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
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Serves: 25-30 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 18 oz. jam (About the size of one jar. Next time I make these I'm going to use a jar and a third, so you can try doing that as well)
  • ⅔ cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a 9x13-inch cake pan.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix just until combined.
  5. Spread ⅔ of the dough into the prepared cake pan and press down into the pan with your hands. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Sprinkle the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into squares.
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7 Responses

  1. nickki says:

    Oh wow. They look seriously good. I’m gonna have to try these! x

  2. Vuqe says:

    Very nicely done!

  3. Cathy says:

    These look great! I made your Golden Graham bars on Saturday and everyone wanted the recipe so I told them about your website.

  4. Kristin says:

    Amazingly delicious and so simple! I can’t wait to try them out myself.

  5. Kevin says:

    Those bars looks really good!

  6. April says:

    i had a recipe in high school for peanut butter and jelly bars, but i lost it years ago. they were so good! i can’t wait to try them and share the recipe with a co-worker

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