Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the perfect reminder of childhood. Growing up, my mom would always make me a PB&J as an afternoon snack because she knew how much I loved them. Hell, I wish she would still make me one every day! I found this delicious recipe on FoodNetwork.com thanks to one of my favorite TV chefs, Ina Garten. I did do a little tweaking to put my own creative spin on the recipe. You gotta give it a try!
This is a recipe that doesn’t take long, you don’t need a lot of ingredients, and I’m pretty sure everyone will love it. It reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly brownie (minus the chocolate) topped with toasted nuts. OH MY GOD it’s just too good to be true!!
You will need:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups strawberry jam
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3 cups organic wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup vanilla almond granola
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 by 13 inch inch cake or glass pan. Sprinkle an even, thin layer of flour to the greased pan.
In a bowl or standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together with a paddle attachment, about 2 minutes on low to medium speed. You want the butter and sugar combo to be a light yellow color. Turn the mixer down on low speed and add the vanilla extract, eggs, and peanut butter. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
In another medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
Spread 1/2 of the dough mixture into the greased pan. It is easiest to use your hands to spread the mixture into the sides of the pan. Then, with a rubber spatula or knife, spread the jelly evenly over the dough mixture. Add the remaining dough over the jelly mixture and gently spread as best as you can. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and granola and pop into the oven for 45 minutes. Once they are finished baking in the oven, cool them off and cut into squares. You know what do from there!