When my sister first made these, I thought of them as a bar that my kids would love. And, they do. Maybe it's the drizzled icing or the glimpses of jelly peeking through, but I don't think of them as a kid dessert any more. They're too good.
You know how it is. There are just some desserts that you know you're kids won't appreciate as much as they should. Take lemon bars for example. Sure, they love them, but do they really appreciate them? Really? Likely not, so they get hidden in the microwave where they're out of kid-sight, out of kid-mind and very easily accessible to the grown-ups (when the kids are not in sight).
They are super easy to make. You whip up a peanut buttery dough, reserving a bit, and press it into a pan. Slather it with jam, crumble the reserved dough on top and bake. Once they're cool, you do the drizzle dance. And that's it.
You don't dance when you drizzle? Oh, dear. Forget that I said that.
Peanut Butter and Jam Bars (recipe from my sister)
Yields 32 bars.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup jam (we like red raspberry or strawberry)
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tsp. hot water
Beat sugars, shortening, peanut butter, and egg in the bowl of your electric mixer. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder. The dough will be crumbly. Reserve one cup of it, setting it aside. Transfer the remaining dough to a greased 9 x 13 inch pan, covering the bottom evenly with the dough, then press it down. Spread jam evenly on top. Sprinkle remaining one cup of dough evenly over the jam layer and press down gently. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly browned and a knife inserted comes out clean.
Once the bars are completely cool, in a glass liquid measuring cup (this will make the drizzle easy to pour), mix with a fork the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and hot water, adding a bit more hot water if needed to create a pourable icing. Drizzle and dance. Pin It