If you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, check out our peanut butter and jelly bars recipe.
These bars are rich and creamy and have the perfect balance of salty (from the peanut butter) and sweet (from the jelly). They work great at a party, especially with kids, but you'd be surprised how many adults love them, too. I know, because I took them to a dinner party last night and the adults finished off more bars than the kids.
In this post, we were asked by PAM Cooking Spray to come up with a recipe that shows how easy cleanup is when cooking with PAM. Sure, we all know spraying your pan with PAM before baking makes your desserts slide out without sticking (like in this recipe), but if you've ever had to scoop something sticky and gooey like peanut butter, out of a measuring cup, you've probably wondered if there was an easier way.
Well, the secret to easy clean up, is to spray the measuring cup with PAM beforehand, then your peanut butter slides out, and cleanup is a snap.
I even use this trick with scrambled eggs. My daughter loves scrambles eggs, but I can never get the cooked eggs off my plastic spatula. So I've started spraying the spatula with PAM before cooking, and now my eggs don't stick and no more soaking and scrubbing.
It also works with cream cheese. I spray my knife before making cream cheese sandwiches, and now my knives have no more dried and stuck on cream cheese when they come out of the dishwasher.
Now back to the recipe...
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BARS RECIPE
Makes 16 bars
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) at room temperature
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam (or pick your favorite flavor)
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
Mix the dry ingredient (flour, salt, and baking powder), and set aside.
Add the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and peanut butter to a mixing bowl. Remember to spray your measuring cup with PAM before you measure the peanut butter so it will slide out easily. Beat on high for about 2-3 minutes until light and creamy.
Mix in the dry ingredients in three parts, until just combined. Because we substituted peanut butter for some of the butter in this recipe, the dough will be a thick and crumbly, but don't worry, it will cook up nicely.
Spray your pan generously with PAM, then using a spatula, move the dough into the baking pan.
Smooth the top and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
The edges should be brown, and the top should just be starting to brown when it is done.
Let it cool, then cut out your bars. Spread a thin layer of jam on each one, then top with crushed peanuts.
Aren't they pretty?
If you like the way they look, I recomend you pin the recipe so you have it for when you need an easy but playful dessert. These will be the hit of your next party, promise.
Leaving up to 99% less residue, PAM is your ally in the kitchen and allows you to save time during prep and clean up.
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