Peanut butter and jelly bars

I can honestly say if I had to choose my last meal on earth, it would probably be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Peanut butter on both sides and grape or raspberry jelly. My mouth is watering just thinking of it. Yes I am weird and I love kid food :). It is no surprise that when I came across this recipe, it flew to the top of my must make dessert list. I loved eating pb&j for dessert, savoring every single bite, it tasted so much like my favorite lunchtime treat (except with more butter...and sugar).

2 sticks, unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups creamy peanut butter (not all natural refrigerator kind)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of jam (I used strawberry)

1. Cream butter and sugar together
2. Add vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until combined
3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix until combined
5. Spread about 2/3 of the dough into a full sized greased baking dish
6. Spread jam evenly over the dough
7. Top with remaining 1/3 dough (in chunks, doesn't have to cover it completely)
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45min





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