Monday, September 6, 2010

Back To School with Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar Cookie

MaMa says it's that time of year again, when all of the kids go back to school.  She says I'm not old enough to go to school, yet.  We thought these Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar Cookies would be a fun addition to any kids lunch box.  It's like the best parts of a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwhich in cookie form.  
Now you won't want to take a taste of the cookie dough, because you won't be able to stop.  It's that good, but with two sticks of butter and that much peanut butter, how could it not be?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar Cookie Ingredients:
1 c (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 c peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c strawberry jam (another flavor is just fine)
2/3 c salted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional, we didn't use these)

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 pan, then line with parchment paper.  Grease and flour the parchment paper, set aside.  Cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Gradually add the eggs and peanut butter; beat until combined, about 2 minutes.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the mixer on low.  Add the vanilla extract.   

Spread two-thirds of the dough into the 9x13.  Spread the jam on top of the peanut butter dough.
MaMa's friend had given us some jam she'd made recently, perfect for this recipe.

Then sprinkle the remainder of the dough over the jam.  Sprinkle with peanuts if desired.
Don't be tempted to eat them right out of the oven, they need to cool completely before cutting them or you'll have a big mess on your hands.

This recipe was adapted from one we found on Every Last Cookie
Peanut Butter on Foodista


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