Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Tonight for dinner, I didn’t want anything fancy. So I had Beer Brats and Perrier. This dinner is what cultural anthropologists would call a “mixed message”.

At any rate, I was looking for something sweet to finish off the meal, and didn’t want to get too fancy. This recipe filled the bill perfectly. I also got extra points for using homemade blackberry jelly so graciously offered by a coworker.

  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter, soft
  • 6 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite jam or jelly

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large glass mixing bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Whisk until you get a fluffy peanut butter mixture of sorts. Add the egg and mix that in well. Finally, add the flour and salt, and mix in until you get a crumbly dough.

Set aside 1 cup of the dough.

In an 8″ x 8″ pan, press the remaining dough firmly in as a crust. Make sure that it fits from one side to another. Using a spoon, spread over the jelly so it covers the bottom crust. Coarsely crumble the one cup of dough that you had set aside over the jelly layer. Place in oven for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 45 minutes. Slice and serve.

yield: About a dozen bars, give or take, depending upon how you cut them

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