Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Wedges

I have been on a big peanut butter and jelly kick lately, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. It really takes no time at all, and is essentially a one-bowl recipe. The original recipe instructs you to freeze the dough that is reserved for the topping, and then grate it onto the shortbread itself. To me, that was a waste of time, so I just took the extra dough and crumbled it with my fingers so that it looked like this before baking:

This is a perfect little treat to have with tea, or a big glass or milk as a snack or for dessert. Use any flavor of jam you would like - and if you think you will have trouble spreading it on the crust, just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to spread.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Wedges
slightly adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Makes 8 wedges (or more)

nonstick baking spray
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
large pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup jelly (any flavor you want)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat bottom of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with nonstick spray.

Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and salt and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; beat on low speed just until blended.

Reserve 1/3 cup dough. Press remaining dough evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Spread jam over dough in pan, leaving 1/3-inch plain border. Crumble reserved dough over the jam layer.

Bake shortbread until dough edge is deep golden and dough on top looks dry and baked through, about 40-50 minutes.

Cool shortbread completely in pan. Release pan sides. Cut shortbread into wedges and store in an airtight container at room temperature.


Linds said...

I have this one starred to make soon too. Yours looks like it came out great!

Maria said...

What a fun little treat!

Kristen616 said...

Oh this looks so good!!! I haven't had PB&J in ages, I'll bet it's delicious on shortbread!

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

This looks great! I am definitely making soon!

TATESAL said...

Ohh very nice...Süper

Anonymous said...

OH YUM! Loolks deeeelicious! Perfect with afternoon tea. :)

BMK said...

Those look so good. I'm going to have to make these for my peanut butter addict husband!

Donna-FFW said...

These look amazingly delicious! I would so love one with my coffee... YUM!

Anonymous said...

I think I'll be making these today! Yum!

Anonymous said...

now this just sounds like the best thing in the whole wide world!

Nazarina A said...

A little slice of this shortbread and a cup of java will give me that much needed jolt. Who can resist shortbread?

The Blonde Duck said...

How did I miss this?!?!? I must make it immediately!

gaga said...

PB&J is a classic that always brings a smile to my face, and I'm definitely smiling now!