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These Fresh Strawberry Bars, topped with a flutter of mint, would be perfect packed in a picnic basket and carried outside to celebrate May Day!


fresh strawberry bars

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup strawberry jam

4 cups strawberries, quartered

Heat oven to 350F. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with foil.

In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugars, baking powder and salt until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until combined. Beat in flour with mixer.

Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned and toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Cool completely. Remove from pan by lifting foil. Spread jam and top with berries. Cut into bars and garnish with chopped mint.