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Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

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Peanut Butter and Jam Bars
Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

Servings: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Cool Time: not specified
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes + cooling time
Times are approximate

Ingredients:
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened (no substitutions)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup grape or strawberry jam

Suggested Items:
measuring cups and spoons
13×9-inch pan
aluminum foil
large bowl
electric mixer
rubber spatula
Wire Rack
cutting board

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13-inch by 9-inch metal baking pan. Line pan with foil; grease foil.

In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until mixed, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to high; beat until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in peanut butter, then egg until well combined, occasionally scraping bowl. Beat in flour just until evenly moistened (dough will be crumbly). Beat in peanuts. Reserve 2 cups dough.

Press remaining dough evenly onto bottom of pan. Spread jam over dough in pan. With hand, press reserved dough into large chunks (about 3/4-inch) and sprinkle over jam, leaving spaces between chunks; do not pat down.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until golden. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

When cool, transfer with foil to cutting board. Cut lengthwise into three strips, then cut each strip crosswise into eight bars. Makes 24 bars.

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