Monday, June 27

Fresh Strawberry Bars

A delicious summer-time snack from Better Homes & Gardens. I made this last year with fresh-picked strawberries and loved it! Enjoy! :) 

¾ c butter, softened
¾ c peanut butter
1 c brown sugar
½ c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ c flour
½ c strawberry jam
4 c strawberries,
    halved or

Heat oven to 350o F. Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil (or parchment paper), extending foil (or paper) beyond the edges. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter on medium to high for 30 seconds. Beat in sugars, baking powder, and salt until combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in as much flour as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining flour.
Spread dough in prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool completely on rack. Remove from pan by lifting foil (or paper). Spread jam and top with berries. Cut into bars. Serve at once or refrigerate up to 6 hours. Makes 24 bars
Make Ahead: Wrap the peanut butter base in foil; store at room temperature up to 24 hours. Before serving, top with jam and berries. Or freeze the peanut butter base in a freezer container up to 3 months.

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