Thursday, March 1, 2012

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These are so thick and delicious -  they must be served with a tall glass of cold milk. This recipe is from the Our Best Bites blog  (Mormon Moms in the Kitchen). Yes, I made a few changes to their recipe. I enjoy being a recipe rebel. However, I would like to add that they have a great blog with a lot of wonderful recipes. Check it out.

Ingredients -

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup strawberry jelly or jam


1/4 cup butter, melted
2  1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons hot water

Directions -

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In your stand mixer cream shortening, sugar and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in peanut butter, egg and vanilla and mix until everything is combined.

Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Slowly add the flour mixture into the mixing bowl. Make sure that all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Remove 3/4 cup of the peanut butter mixture and set aside. Press the remaining dough into the bottom of an ungreased  9 x 12 inch pan. Spread your jam over the peanut butter layer. Crumble the reserved dough in little pieces over the jam.

Bake for 25 minutes. The top should be set and just a little golden.

Once the mixture has completely cooled - combine the glaze ingredients and whisk until smooth. Then spread over the mixture.

Wait until the glaze has hardened before you cut the squares.

These are a great after school treat and would be fantastic to bring to a picnic or potluck.