School is in session, so it’s peanut-butter-and-jelly time again for many families. Here’s a yummy dessert recipe most children won’t try to swap at the lunchroom table. It’s also a super after-school snack to power kids up for homework time or extracurricular activities.
PB&J bars recipe
First, gather all of the ingredients to make PB&J bars.
- 1 1/2 cups flour (unsifted)
- 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 egg
- 1 cup strawberry preserves (or any fruit flavor)
- 1 package (10 ounces) of peanut butter baking chips
Follow these easy instructions to make and bake PB&J bars.
- Preheat oven to 325 (F) degrees.
- Lightly grease a large rectangular (9” x 9” x 2”) baking pan.
- Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and baking powder) in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and egg, and blend all ingredients well.
- Put approximately half of the crumbly mixture into the baking pan. Press it down firmly with a greased metal spatula.
- Cover the flattened crumbly crust completely with fruit preserves. Top with peanut butter baking chips. Sprinkle the rest of the crumbly crust mixture evenly over the fruit preserves and peanut butter baking chips.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 325 (F) degrees. (Raise oven temperature to 35 degrees, if using a metal pan, and adjust baking time, as needed.)
- Cool completely in pan before slicing into bars for serving.
Allergy/food sensitivity warning: This recipe is packed with peanut butter.
Barring allergies, what kid wouldn’t want to find a PB&J bar in his or her lunch box or brown-bag lunch?
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