It’s back to school time (*sigh*). So long, slow mornings and days filled with sunshine and relaxation… I know a lot of kids already started school, and I myself start school today!
Back to school time makes me think about peanut butter and jelly. Maybe it’s the excessive amount of pb&j sandwich lunches I ate in school growing up, or my newfound obsession with pb&j wraps for a quick breakfast (ohmygosh, so good)… or maybe it’s these peanut butter and jelly bars.
The dough for this recipe is more or less a peanut butter cookie dough, but with oats as well. Peanut butter + oats = chewy, nutty deliciousness.
The recipe is simple to prepare: just mix up your dough, press the majority of it into your pan, spread with your jam or jelly of choice, and then sprinkle the remaining cookie dough on top.
I went with strawberry jam here, since it’s what I had on hand, but I would totally be into a variation with red or black raspberry jam (both my favorites). Really though, can you go wrong?! ;)
These bars are perfect for a quick snack, simple dessert, or, a perfect ending to a school lunch! ;)
[print_this]Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Crisp, chewy peanut butter cookie bars with a layer of sweet strawberry jam. Feel free to vary the recipe with your favorite flavor jam or jelly.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Makes 15 bars
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup strawberry jam (or preferred jam/jelly)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, stir the butter, peanut butter, and sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg; stir until smooth.
In a separate mixing bowl, stir the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, stirring until combined.
Press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the jam evenly over the cookie dough. Crumble the remaining cookie dough over the jam layer. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the bars are golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.
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