Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These peanut butter jelly bars are the ultimate throwback to two favorite things from childhood, peanut butter cookies and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. These bars will be one of the most amazing creations to come out of your kitchen and are so easy to prepare. Be warned, they are very rich but won’t last long!

Yield: 48-50 pieces

Ingredients

  • For the Peanut Shortbread Layer:
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts , roasted, salted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Peanut Butter Fudge Layer:
  • 1 16 ounce jar chunky peanut butter
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan add 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. This will be used as a double boiler to melt the peanut butter layer.

  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, add peanut butter, butter, peanut butter chips, salt and powdered sugar.

  3. Place over simmering water, be careful not to touch the bowl to the simmering water, stir until all ingredients are melted together and mixture is fluid.

  4. In a separate heatproof bowl, microwave strawberry jam for 45 seconds to 1 minute until jam is melted and warm.

  5. Pour melted peanut butter layer over cooled shortbread layer. Spread evenly with an offset spatula.

  6. Dollop warm jam on top of peanut butter layer, using a knife or skewer swirl jam into peanut butter layer until desired pattern is achieved.

  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.

  8. Cut into 1 1/2 -inch pieces.

  9. Serve at room temperature.
  • Yield: 48-50 pieces