Thursday, April 12, 2012

peanut, peanut butter & jelly

Just thinking about how to describe this yummy treat is making my mouth water! They are very good - not overly sweet or peanut buttery, they have a good flavor balance. I used strawberry jelly for mine. I had a jar of peanut butter that was not 'my brand' and I just didn't like the flavor of it on my pb&j sandwich. But the jar was open and I didn't want to waste it. I knew there had to be recipes for some pb&j desserts and I found a couple recipes to get me started.

I started out making the bars {seen below} and had some left over peanut butter dough that I didn't want to waste. So I got out my mini muffin tin and made a batch of bite-sized pb&j treats.

Oh, so good. I personally think the bites would be better for a gathering. Bars would be better if you plan to consume the whole pan in your own home. I mean... what? I never do that! But either way, you should give them a try. :)

peanut butter & jelly bars/bites
2 sticks of butter - room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour, reserve 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups jam or jelly - any flavor

Preheat your oven to 350*. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one a time and mix to combine. Add the peanut butter, then the vanilla. Then you can add the flour to the same bowl. Add a cup at a time and add the baking powder in with the first cup. Leave 2 tablespoons of flour to the side.

For the bars: After the peanut butter batter is combined well, put half of it into your baking dish. I lined my 9x13 with parchment paper for easier removal. Press down with a spatula or your hands to create the bottom crust. Spread your jam or jelly over the bottom layer. Then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour to the peanut butter batter and mix again. The extra flour will break apart the dough so it's more of a crumble. Use your hands to sprinkle the crumble on the top of the jelly, then very gently, press the crumble down a little so the bits stick together. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes, until the edges have browned.

For the bites: Put a tablespoon of batter into each mini-muffin spot. I sprayed my tin with pam, but you could also use liners. Press the dough down with your hands, or try using a shot glass - that's what I did. Spoon your jam or jelly onto the bottom layer. Then sprinkle the crumble on the top of the jelly. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Let them cool before removing or cutting. Then enjoy with a cold glass of milk. :)

Peanut butter is always my go-to snack. On bread with jelly or pretzels dipped in. So yum. Do you like pb&j's?

xoxo, christa


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