Since my household has cut the cord on our cable, we have been watching a lot more local and public television. My husband has become quite obsessed with the cooking shows on PBS. One especially is Martha Bakes with Martha Stewart. I have tried several of her recipes over the years, but none have turned out as perfect as Martha's. I am proud to write today that I have broken the streak of bad luck and perfected one of her thousands of recipes. These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars could be a complete and utter failure if not for the wisdom and guidance Martha gives with it. So, I followed her instructions to the letter and this is what I got.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups smooth/creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups jam (I used strawberry.)
2/3 cup peanuts, roughly chopped (I used honey roasted, but you could use salted as well.)
4 Binder Clips
9x13 baking pan
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Preparing your pan in this way will add to the success of your recipe. Spray your 9x13 baking pan lightly with cooking spray. Place two pieces of Parchment Paper in your pan as shown in the picture above. Secure the sides with the binder clips then lightly spray the paper with cooking spray.
Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes.
Add eggs and peanut butter and beat until combined, about another 2 minutes.
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder then gradually add to the peanut butter mixture on low speed. Once combined, add vanilla. Transfer 2/3 of the mixture into your prepared pan and press or spread with an offset spatula.
Spread your jam over your peanut butter layer.
Dollop remaining 1/3 of the peanut butter mixture on top of jam. Top the whole thing off with peanuts. Remove binder clips and bake for 45 minutes.
Cool completely before cutting. You will have a big, gooey mess if you cut too soon. You can cut into as many pieces as you like, but this will give you a sugar buzz if you eat too much. I cut this into 24 squares and one square was plenty for one sitting. Hubby ate two squares and got a big sugar rush. LOL. Eat with caution, but I promise if you're a PB&J lover, you will love these bars!