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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Prep: 20 min
Bake: 45 min
Yield: 24 bars
Cost per serving: about 39 cents


8 TBSP (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg, at room temp

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups strawberry preserves

2/3 cup salted peanuts

2/3 cup peanut butter chips



1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Butter and lightly flour a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Lower speed; add egg, vanilla, and peanut butter; beat until combined.

3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Set aside 1/2 cup of dough.

4. Using your fingertips, press remaining dough into an even layer in pan. Spread preserves over dough. Crumble reserved 1/2 cup dough over preserves. Sprinkle with peanuts and peanut butter chips.

5. Bake until golden and bubbly about 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars.



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