PB&J bars: your favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich in soft, buttery, cookie bar form.
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Total Time 40minutes
6tablespoonsunsalted butter, softened
3/4cupbrown sugar(not packed)
1/2cuppeanut butter(I used natural, but it also works with conventional peanut butter)
1/3cupjam(I used strawberry)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper or grease well. Set aside.
In a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes on high speed, until pale and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter on medium speed until fully combined, then beat in egg and vanilla on medium speed until combined.
Add flour, baking powder, and salt and beat on low speed until combined, but don't over-beat it. Stop when you no longer see flour clumps.
Press the mixture evenly into the pan to form one layer. Dollop the jam on top with a spoon, then swirl with a butter knife.
Bake for 22-24 minutes, until the edges are browned and the bars look slightly puffed. Cool completely before cutting into bars!
Bars can be stored, covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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