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Christmas cookies: PB&J Bars

½ cup raspberry jam

½ cup fresh raspberries, mashed

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish

¾ cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup chopped salted roasted peanuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish and line with parchment paper.

Combine the jam and raspberries in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the peanut butter and beat until combined.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg-peanut butter mixture, mixing on low until just combined. Press half the dough into the prepared dish. Top with the raspberry mixture. Fold the peanuts into the remaining half of the dough and drop in clumps over the jam. Bake until the top is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool in the dish for 30 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: Makes 16 squares.

Freezeworthy: No.

From Charlyne Mattox, realsimple.com

Mazzaro's Italian Market

Christmas cookies: PB&J Bars 12/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 10:50am]

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