Monday, January 16, 2012

peanut butter and jelly bars

I was a little distracted with an alternative project in the kitchen (Aj's graduation cake disaster), and didn't snap a picture of my finished bars...oops!

the goods:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 jar (12 ounces) grape jelly
3/4 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter, and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter parchment.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. With a pastry cutter or your hands, work in butter, until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-sized pieces of butter remaining. Add egg and vanilla; stir until dough just comes together. Set aside 1 cup dough and firmly press remaining dough into pan in an even layer. Using a small offset spatula, spread jelly over top.
Combine reserved dough, peanuts, and peanut butter chips; crumble over jam layer. Bake until topping is deep golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on wire rack. Run a sharp knife around edges, then, using parchment, lift cake from pan and cut into 12 squares.

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