Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Peanut Butter And Jam Bars

Who doesn't love the combination of peanut butter and jam, its so yummy!, plus putting your favorite flavors and  textures together, so many choices? :)

This time I finally got to make a recipe I've wanted to do for a while. Peanut butter and jam bars. Smooth peanut butter with strawberry jam, plus actual fruit chunks. Elegant summer treat that is so simple to whip up and really easy to add your own ideas to.

For this bar I half the recipe to conserve ingredient and I still filled out a 9x13 inch glass pan.That is a lot of cookie bars,so I made sure to shared them out.They are slightly thinner then the original bar,but if you can use less you go for it. 

These bars would of had some great crunchy texture if I had any salted chopped peanuts, yummy. The recipe called for it, but oh well it was delicious without it as well.I can imagine these cookie bars would be really good with different kinds of jams like blueberry,blackberry etc.

Peanut Butter And Strawberry Jam Bars 
(Adapted from Martha Stewart's Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars)

1/2 cup hard margarine
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 large eggs
1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup strawberry jam

1. Grease and flour 9x13inch pan.
(sprinkle flour in greased pan and rotate the pan over the sink till all edges are cover)

2.Cut margarine into smaller pieces. Cream margarine and sugar in a large bowl. Add egg and peanut butter, cream till combined.

3. Mix all dry ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk. Add the dry to wet, beating on low speed. Then add the vanilla.
4. Turn oven on at 350F

5. Add half of the dough to glass pan and spread evenly. Add strawberry jam and spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the dough on top.Bake until the top dough is golden brown, 45 minutes. Cool completely, before cutting.

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