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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

I've been itching to make something again, and as the weather hints at cooling off for fall, I guess I've had the urge to bake. These delightful cookie bars come from Barefoot Contessa - and they truly taste like a wonderful pb&j sandwich only better. The first time I made these I didn't bake them quite long enough, nor did I use the parchment paper. This time around I baked them until they were fairly golden on top and around the edges. They are still tremendously gooey, but I think baking them much longer would just dry them out - they are meant to be ooey gooey. Also, the parchment made for really easy lifting out of the pan to cut them into bars.

At any rate, here is the recipe:

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (18 ounces) creamy peanut butter (recommended: Skippy)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) raspberry jam or other jam
2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of 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 and cut into squares.


Blogger Julie Q. said...

Bummer, the picture doesn't show up on my screen. I want to know if these are really as gooey as promised. They sound yummy! And they have all the major kid-defined foodgroups: peanut butter, jam, and sugar. Wahoo! Mail me some would ya?

10/12/2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

Oh my...that sounds yummy! I stumbled upon your blog on the blog list of Julie's Mental Tesserae page and I'm so glad I did! I'm hosting a b-day party for a ten year old boy on Wednesday and I think I know what I'm serving! Thanks for sharing!

10/23/2006 10:05 PM  

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