Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

If you are looking for one last item for your baking list this holiday, or need to add one to your list of favorites then stop right here!  You don’t need to go any further!  You will love these dessert bars forever. 
These peanut butter and jelly dessert bars are sinfully delicious. Did I mention that they are easy to prepare too?  Easy is important to me and I assume it is a positive thing for you too.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Makes 24 bars
Recipe from Ina Garten

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups raspberry jam or other jam
2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9x13x2-inch baking pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a 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 well 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 two-thirds of the dough in the prepared pan, using a knife to spread it evenly.  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; the dough will spread when it bakes.  Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool and cut into small squares.

41 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  1. Delicious and perfectly healthy! I'm seeing a couple on a plate and a large glass of frosty milk in my future and topping off a bowl of vegetable soup. I think I've discovered my diet for 2011.Happy Holidays!Best,Bonnie


  2. These sound delicious, Velva! Here's hoping you don't have to spend all your time in the kitchen this weekend and have plenty of time to enjoy your friends and family!Best,eggy


  3. Velva- You have just given me a wonderful idea. Each year I bake something to take my Dad for Christmas. I was struggling with what to take this year, but I think I've just found it. My Dad and I used to eat peanut butter and jelly on crackers together all the time. These will be perfect and I know he'll love them! Thanks for sharing.I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas full of lots of love and laughs…and good food too!


  4. Thanks for your kind comments Velva and for your invite to share a photo for your Wordless Wednesday! So stupid of me to read the comment after a wednesday 🙂 If u r still willing I can take a new photo n share with your readers next Wednesday!


  5. Velva, wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. May all the good things coming your way in year 2011. Enjoy the holiday & have lots of fun! And am loving your bars and Santa Cat! Blessings, Kristy


  6. Velva, I think I remember the episode she made these! Very decadent! I love bar cookies, so easy to make. In Australia we call these \”slices.\” But Australians would never eat peanut butter and jelly together. They think Americans are strange for that (and they eat vegemite!)


  7. Those look so good! I love peanut butter and jelly and have never thought of any good way to implement them together besides sandwiches. Over the summer I attempted making my own peanut butter thumbprints with grape jelly but they were a miserable fail. These are such a better idea!


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