Peanut Butter and Pepper Jelly Bars

The sweet heat of the pepper jelly updates this classic combo that’s sure to please both kids and adults.

Peanut Butter and Pepper Jelly Bars
 
Makes About 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup salted cocktail peanuts, chopped and divided
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) jar red pepper jelly*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, letting excess extend over sides of pan. Spray with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat ¾ cup peanut butter and butter with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, ½ cup peanuts, oats, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, beating until combined. (Dough will be thick.) Reserve 1 cup dough. Press remaining dough into bottom of prepared pan. Spread pepper jelly onto dough. Drop remaining ¼ cup peanut butter by teaspoonfuls over jelly. Crumble reserved 1 cup dough over jelly and peanut butter. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup peanuts.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack, about 6 hours. Using excess parchment or foil as handles, remove from pan, and cut into bars.
Notes
*We used Braswell's Red Pepper Jelly.

 

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