PB&J Bars

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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~


  • carolinaheartstrings
    February 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Glad you are feeling better. This looks really good!

  • Happy When Not Hungry
    February 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    These bars look amazing! Yum! Glad you’re feeling better too!

  • Medeja
    February 22, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    Im glad that you are well and you are making such delicious bars 🙂

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