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Peanut Butter Bars

Makes: 16 servings Yield: 16 bars
Prep 30 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins
Peanut Butter Bars
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  dried cranberries
  • 1/4  cup  boiling water
  • 1/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup  chunky peanut butter*
  • 1/3  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped peanuts
  • 2 3  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  egg
  • 2/3  cup  chunky peanut butter*
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a small bowl combine cranberries and water. Cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain well.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until well combined. Beat in the brown sugar. Beat in the flour on low speed (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in the peanuts and drained cranberries. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium bowl beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the egg, 2/3 cup peanut butter, and lemon juice; beat until well combined. Spread evenly over crust. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top, pressing lightly into filling.

4. Bake about 25 minutes more or until top is lightly browned and edges are puffed. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Do not use natural peanut butter in this recipe.
Nutrition Facts (Peanut Butter Bars)
  • Servings Per Recipe 16,
  • cal. (kcal) 275,
  • Fat, total (g) 19,
  • chol. (mg) 33,
  • sat. fat (g) 6,
  • carb. (g) 22,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 8,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 12,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (IU) 292,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 4,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 44,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 197,
  • Potassium (mg) 214,
  • calcium (mg) 30,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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