Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

If you like peanut butter and jam... this is a great dessert to make. It is very easy and tastes just awesome! I used my own homemade raspberry freezer jam to make this, but you can use any kind of jam with this recipe.

Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. shortening
1/2 C. peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 C. raspberry jam (or other berry flavor that is your favorite)
Glaze (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars, shortening, peanut butter, and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Reserve 1 cup of dough. Press remaining dough in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Spread with jam. Crumble reserved dough and sprinkle over jam. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Prepare glaze and drizzle over bars. Makes 32 bars.

2 Tbsp margarine or butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 tsp hot water

Melt margarine and mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat in water, 1 tsp at a time until smooth and desired consistency.

- For the glaze, I only added enough water to get a glaze that could be piped on rather than drizzled for a more frosting effect.
- For the glaze, I did not melt the butter first because I wanted more of a frosting consistency than a drizzle.
- The plate decoration is just heated raspberry jam until it is of a drizzling consistency used like a garnish on the plate. I just heated it until just warm so that it drizzles nice.

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1 comment:

MaryBeth said...

WOW...this sounds and looks so darn good. I would love one or two of these with a cup of hot cocoa.