Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars #SundaySupper

Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - Gluten Free

Today is a big day!  I’m celebrating two birthdays: Dad’s and Sunday Supper’s.  I’m so excited!  Some celebrations are just what this dreary January needs.  Clearly, Dad’s birthday is a big deal; it’s even a milestone birthday . . . I won’t say which one.  His present is waiting to be opened and he’s already devoured his birthday treat (ah, the life of a blogger), but I’ll make sure he has plenty of tasty food today.

He is such an important part of my life.  I don’t know what I’d do without him.  I cherish our conversations and one on one time together.  I love when he, Mom, and I do something fun together.  He never stops fighting for me and my dreams, even when we all grow a little frustrated and discouraged.  He is my faithful taste tester, errand runner, and flower planter, and is an invaluable part of my everyday life.  The three of us go together like peanut butter, jelly, and caramel :)   Happy Birthday, Dad!  Here’s to an amazing year, and many more to follow.

Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - Gluten Free

Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - Gluten Free

It’s also Sunday Supper’s birthday!  Sunday Supper is one of the most important parts of my blog life.  It’s no secret I often struggle with my blog and its failure to live up to my lofty expectations.  Sunday Supper has helped my blog grow leaps and bounds, which I really appreciate, but more than that, it’s introduced me to so many other bloggers.  I am part of a community with Sunday Supper.

I look forward to seeing the themes each week.  And then I bound to my computer on Sunday to interact with my blog friends and see what they created.  It has opened up a new world for me and made me feel like I’m a part of something for the first time EVER!  So thank you Isabel and the Sunday Supper team for creating this movement and allowing me to be a part of it.

Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - Gluten Free

To celebrate these birthdays, I needed a seriously awesome treat, and these Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars did not disappoint.  I knew Dad would love these and I was right.  He still can’t stop talking about them.  I love them too with the peanut butter-oat crust and topping that is a little soft, a little chewy, and sturdy enough to support the fabulous filling of cherry preserves (though you can use whatever flavor you like) and caramel sauce.  I happened to have a jar of Jeni’s Salty Caramel Sauce that was calling my name and it was perfect in these bars.  Plus, they are gluten free and you would NEVER know it!  Though I have a giant sweet tooth, I did find these to be a little too sweet.  I cut down the amount of sugar in the recipe below to combat that.  In addition, a thin layer of peanut butter under the jelly and/or a few peanuts in the topping would be a great twist to add a little more complexity.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love these bars and know you will too.  I think Dad will be requesting them every year for his birthday!

Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars - Gluten Free

 

Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: PT10 M

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

½ stick unsalted butter

¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural)

1 cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free)

½ cup jam/jelly/preserves, whatever flavor you like (I used American Spoon Cherry Spoon Fruit)

¼ cup salted caramel sauce (I used Jeni’s)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch square pan and line it with parchment. Lightly butter the parchment.

In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave butter until melted, 60-75 seconds. Add the peanut butter and microwave for an additional 45 seconds. Stir the butter and peanut butter together before adding sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir until fully combined. Add the oats and stir until a thick dough is formed.

Press about ¾ of the peanut butter-oat mixture into the prepared pan very firmly. Spread the preserves in an even layer over the crust. Spread the caramel in an even layer over the preserves. Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the caramel.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with no crumbs (it will have preserves and caramel on it), the top is golden brown, and the caramel is bubbling. Cool completely in pan.

Bars may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks

To add more peanut flavor to the bars, spread ¼ cup peanut butter on the crust before the preserves and caramel and/or add ¼ cup peanuts to the dough reserved for the topping.

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Comments

  1. I strongly believe caramel is one of the best things ever invented in the kitchen. These bars are insane Laura! And glad the SS group makes you feel so welcome! Have a great sunday!

  2. I so want to know what your bars taste like. They are massive and should feed my husband well =D

  3. Ashley says:

    Happy birthday to your dad! These bars sound outrageous! haha I love peanut butter and jelly – and in dessert form with caramel?? Awesome : )

  4. A sweet treat for a sweet dad.

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each week.
    Cheers to another great year!

  5. Jennifer B says:

    I couple of things you should know:

    1. My husband is obsessed with peanut butter. Obsessed.
    2. For National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day (I’m committing to a national food holiday challenge on my blog), I had no clue what I would make that’s different than a regular ol’ PB & J sandwich. Thanks for some inspiration!

  6. OMG, I love all things PB and J! I’m totally going to try this when I am done with my challenge :) Happy birthday to your dad!

  7. I love Averi’es recipes!
    So just is so creative!
    These came out great.

  8. Katie says:

    I need this flavor combination in my life immediately! Peanut butter and jelly is already killer, but adding caramel sounds brilliant. Want!

  9. Liz says:

    I love that you added caramel to these already terrific bars!!! And I also love that you’re with us every Sunday with a yummy recipe to share!

  10. Katy says:

    What a lovely tribute to your Dad and #SundaySupper! These bars sound outrageously good and the fact that they’re gluten-free makes me extra happy!

  11. Johlene says:

    Love these Laura!!! Hope you had a great weekend!!! Xx

  12. It is such an honor to be celebrating a birthday with your dad. I feel that same way about my dad. Enjoy your day!

  13. I love these Bars!! They came out great!

  14. Happy Birthday to your Dad! What a great treat for him – who wouldn’t want one (or more!) of these wonderful looking bars? PB & J is a classic combo, of course, and I love adding caramel to the mix. Looks terrific – thanks.

  15. Shannon R says:

    I LOVE peanut butter and jelly bars. The caramel just brings it to another amazing level. Thanks for sharing and being part of Sunday Suppers!

  16. Happy Bday to your dad! Glad he loved the bars and thanks for trying & linking up to my bars. Yours look so good and love the color contrast of the jelly you used and all those chunky oats!

  17. Wow! This is a knock-out punch to the palette. Lucky you that Jeni’s caramel sauce.
    Lucky you, too, that you’ve got such supportive parents =)
    Happy Birthday to your father =)

  18. Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars?!!! oh my gawd, love these!!!

  19. Anything PB&J has my name all over it! Yum!

  20. Tara says:

    You always make the best looking treats Laura, thanks for sharing another one!! Happy #SundaySupper and Happy Birthday to Dad!!

  21. Soni says:

    Ooh did you say Caramel Peanut and Jelly Bars??DIVINE!!!Happy Birthday to your Dad!

  22. The addition of caramel to peanut butter and jelly is so genius! And bars? Well that is perfection!

  23. Kristan says:

    These look insane! Nothing is better than the combination of pb&j….except when caramel is added to the equation. Thanks for the recipe

  24. Happy belated birthday to your dad! I bet he loved these bars. I love all things PB and J! :)

  25. I’ve had pb and j bars but never with caramel. I’m so glad your dad had a b-day just so we could get this recipe!

  26. Joanne says:

    Aww your dad sounds AMAZING. happy birthday to him! What a way to celebrate, with these bars! The perfect spin on PB+J.

  27. Shaina says:

    mmm PB&J and caramel?!?!? what a triple threat!

  28. dina says:

    great healthy recipe!

  29. So funny…I was just looking up PB and J dessert recipes yesterday and then I see this today….. I LOVE MY PB&J!

  30. Jessica Gappy says:

    Oh how I love a peanut butter treat :) These look yummy! Hope your dad had a wonderful birthday!!!!

  31. Happy happy birthday to your dad! If what you made him was anything like these little treats, I know it was good. These look great!

  32. Happy belated birthday to your dad! These bars sound great. I love peanut butter and jelly but caramel?! That’s just something I’ve gotta try like… ASAP!

  33. Laura says:

    I love reading about awesome daddy’s. I have the best dad and now am blessed with an equally incredible father-in-law and husband who is an amazing daddy. I can’t wait for Morgan to be a bit older so we can make treats like this for her daddy.

  34. Debbie Eccard says:

    These sound fantastic. Just made your triple peanut butter cookies as I so love peanut butter…..

  35. Renee says:

    Sending belated happy birthday wishes to your Dad and sending you a big virtual hug. It’s been great having you a part of the Sunday Supper family and I look forward to what you will bring to our table this year.

  36. Such sweet words about your dad! :)
    I love how you added caramel to a pb and j combo. I never thought of it but I bet it tastes great! They look delicious.

  37. Happy birthday to your dad!!!
    By the way, these look INCREDIBLE.

  38. Sarah says:

    These look beyond perfect!

  39. Medeja says:

    These bars would be great for any occasion. Having PB and J in form of such bars is a very delicious idea!

  40. Kimberlee says:

    Looks like a great recipe – looking forward to trying it out. Thanks.

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