favorite things: peanut butter and jelly ‘pantry’ bars

So I know I don’t update that much, but seriously if we had internet at the house I would be updating once a week!! LOL so looking back on my last 6 posts or so, I realized I haven’t done any sweets! Which is just super crazy because whether it’s skinny cow ice cream or something really sinful, i just HAVE to have something sweet around the house. Part of that comes from my genes I think, growing up with a choc-0-holic of a grandpa, and a Dad with a major sweet tooth, I really didn’t have much a of a chance!!! so here I am now going on 3 years with Jimmy, and he is exactly the same! so funny! I heard on tv the other day that actually eating ice cream or dairy before bed helps you get more restful sleep. just an excuse for me to have my skinny cow almost every night i guess!

so I went to a crop recently (in case yall don’t know what that is it’s when a bunch of ladies get together in a central location to scrapbook…for several hours at a time) yes, I AM really into scrapbooking…probably a little more than I’m into cooking, although I enjoy both. One day I’ll have a scrapbooking blog and business up and running…just keep checking back and I will post a link on here for you guys!! Anyways, the point of that was that at this crop I went to last Friday night, there were these amazing peanut butter jelly bars! It just so happens that the next day I found a recipe for them and there ya go- it was meant to be! They are super easy to make and such a welcome change from the standard chocolate and peanut butter combo! Plus, Jimmy could live off of PB&J’s if I would let him, I swear! so here goes:

Favorite Peanut Butter and Jelly ‘Pantry’ Bars:

1 stick unsalted softened butter

2 cups creamy or chunky peanut butter of choice

3/4 c of brown sugar

pinch of salt

Cream these ingredients in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add 2 eggs, one at a time, mixing slowly, then gradually add 3/4 to 1 cup of flour until well combined. Take this mixture (which should be thick) and spread evenly in a buttered, glass casserole dish. In this step, you can also add semi-sweet chocolate chips and flaked coconut if you like, I prefer just the simple PB&J combo myself!  Then take jelly of choice, I prefer Strawberry or Grape and spread evenly over peanut butter mixture. It’s better if you use a jelly that’s not chunky, like preserves, cause it will melt down better into bottom layer.

For topping, you will need:

1 cup flour

2 cups chopped unsalted, roasted peanuts

3/4 c brown sugar

pinch of salt

Combine mixture to make a crumbly, streusel-like topping. Sprinkle this over PB&J bars and bake at 350 degrees for approx 30-35 minutes. Then let cool, store in an airtight container.

I told you! Super easy and GREAT for get-togethers! Stay tooned for next update…I might have a link to my new scrapping blog by then!!! Love yall 🙂 KT