Seriously, who didn’t at one point love a peanut butter & jelly sandwich? (excluding all of those with peanut allergies, of course) I think I requested a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for my lunch box everyday for at least 3 years straight. My mom would use a cookie cutter and shape the sandwiches into hearts & slip little notes in saying how much she loved me :), she’s the best. So continuing on with my theme of childhood food memories I decided to make these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars I found in one of the Everyday Food Magazines my Mommom saved for me.
I wanted them to taste exactly like the sandwiches my mom used to make so I bought Skippy brand peanut butter & Welsh’s Grape Jelly. These couldn’t be more on point! I brought a couple into work today, sat them in the kitchen and they were gone within 5 minutes, I’ve even gotten requests for more. I guess everyone likes a little throwback to their childhood. (Not that I don’t totally love pb&j sandwiches still!! ;))
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 c Ap flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
3/4 c pb
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 t vanilla extract
3/4 c grape jelly
1/2 c coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts (I only used 1/4 c)
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8x2 in metal baking pan w/ heavy duty foil, leaving a 2 inch overhang around the edges. Coat foil w/ nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk flour, baking powder & salt in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer beat peanut butter, sugar, and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour mixture, beat on low speed just to blend.
Transfer half of dough to prepared pan, place the remaining in the freezer for 10 minutes. Using fingertips press dough evenly onto bottom of pan. Spread jelly over in an even layer.
Remove dough from freezer, break into grape size pieces and scatter over jelly layer. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top.
Bake bars until top is golden brown, about 30 min. Cool bars completely in pan on rack.
Using foil overhang as aid, lift bars from pan. Gently peel foil from edges. Cut into squares.