PB&J Crumble Bars

I was looking for a new crumble, crisp, or cobbler to make for Joelen’s Culinary Adventures Crisp, Crumble, Cobbler Blog event and everything sounded the same..apples, pears, cherries, etc. I wanted something new and different. While searching, I stumbled upon Epicurious. I love this site because it includes many of my favorites from Bon Appetit and Gourmet. I found the PB&J recipe there originally from Gourmet. It was a very EASY recipe to whip up and would be great in kids lunches. I have also thought about adding oats to the dough next time for even more texture and fiber! These bars are WONDERFUL!

Dont forget to check out Joelen’s Culinary Adventures for all the round-up recipes from this blog event!

ENJOY!

Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 1 3/4 hr

Makes 24 bars.

Ingredients: 
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
6 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grape jelly

Directions: 
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil.

Beat together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined. Mix in flour and salt at low speed until a dough forms.

Reserve 1 cup dough for topping. Press remaining dough evenly in bottom of baking pan. Spread jelly in an even layer on top of dough, then coarsely crumble reserved dough over jelly layer. Bake until top is golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack, about 45 minutes, then cut into bars.

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