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PB&J Bars




Difficulty:Easy
Prep Time:15 Minutes
Cook Time:15 Minutes
Serves:12

Nutritional Information

This is a great recipe for tailgating or cookouts!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped roasted peanuts
  • For the filling and glaze:
  • 1/4 cup grape jelly
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

  • 1. Make the base: Preheat the EGG to 350º using indirect heat. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, extending it over the sides. Put the butter in a medium grill safe bowl; position the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (the bowl should not touch the water). Once the butter melts, stir in the sugar and cocoa. Whisk in the egg; cook, whisking, until the mixture is warm and the consistency of hot fudge, 6 minutes. Remove from the heat; mix in the saltine crumbs and peanuts. Press the crust into the pan. Set aside the saucepan of water.
  • 2. Make the filling: Spread the jelly over the crust in the pan; place in the freezer for a few minutes. Beat 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, the peanut butter and confectioners' sugar with a mixer until light. Spread over the jelly layer; return to the freezer while you make the glaze.
  • 3. Place the chocolate and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a heatproof bowl; set over the pan of simmering water and stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; stir until smooth. When cool but still runny, spread the glaze over the chilled peanut butter layer. Freeze for another 30 minutes.
  • 4. Use the foil flaps to remove the bars from the pan; cut into squares while still cold. Serve cold and keep leftovers refrigerated.

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