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PB&J Bars


I’m so happy- I finally got rid of the crud!!  I so hate being sick.  I really don’t like being captive to my bed/couch and feeling completely miserable. 

Unfortunately Mr. Dixie came home from out of town and he now has it.  *sigh*  Time to get out the wedding soup and crackers – his favorite- and he wants the soup room temperature at that.  I know, gross.  So, so gross.  But I do love the man.

Anyway, although I am definitely not a sweets lover, my kids and husband definitely are.  I ran across these over at Eats Well With Others and it seemed to be right up their alley.

For the most part, I followed her recipe, doing just a little tweaking.  She didn’t use Nutella, and I left the nuts off of the top.  Doesn’t everybody love PB&J’s??

Speaking of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…..It takes me back to the days when my kids were itty bittie and I cut the crusts off, then halved or quartered them and put them on a cutsie little plate with goldfish crackers and it made them so happy.  Now they’re 12 and 14 and happiness to them comes in the form of an Abercrombie receipt. 

I officially miss the goldfish days.

PB&J Bars

 

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 extra-large eggs

14 oz creamy peanut butter

4 oz Nutella

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

18 oz strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350°, and grease a 9×13 glass baking dish.  

In a bowl of a stand mixer on medium, combine the butter with the sugar until creamy.  Change the speed to low and add the eggs, vanilla, peanut butter and nutella.  Mix for about 2 minutes or so until completely combined, using a spatula intermittently to scrape the sides. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt and baking powder.  Turn the mixer back on low and slowly add the flour mixture a little at a time until a soft dough forms.

 

Spread 2/3 of the dough into prepared pan.  Pour the jam on top, and spread evenly.  Dot with remaining dough.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Let cool for about 10 minutes, then cut into squares.

 

These really are just glorified cookies. And they are quite delicious.

Enjoy, and Happy Monday to all my fellow foodies and PB&J mommies!

~Dixie Chik~

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