Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

 I think my little 3 year old Emma would live off Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches if I let her. She calls them "Belly Jellys". She'll say, "Mom, Can I have a Belly Jelly for dinner?"  It seems like that is all she ever wants to eat lately! It drives me nuts, and worries me sometimes. When she was a baby and toddler I thought I had trained her pretty well in eating healthy foods. She LOVED broccoli, carrots, apples. A lot of good healthy foods, but now it's either PB & J or Macaroni and Cheese, and if I dont give her either she just wont eat!

 Of course, my lil Emma ate these up in no time! They are so perfect for kids! I think they would be a cute idea to do for a kids birthday party! They are pretty rich, so you can cut them up into pretty small squares and still be satisfied! Here's how you make them: 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Recipe by: Ina Garten

2 sticks, unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups of jam ( I used strawberry)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Turn speed to low and add vanilla, eggs and peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. With the mixer still on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix until all combined.
Spread 2/3 of the dough evenly into the greased baking dish.
Spread the Jam evenly over the dough. With the remaining dough, drop globs of it evenly over the jam. Dont worry if it doesnt cover it completely, it will spread as it bakes.  Bake for 40-45 or until golden brown. Let cool atleast 30 minutes before cutting into squares!


A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

These look delicious! I'm a major peanut butter lover, so it would be dangerous keeping these around my apartment.

My sister/co-blogger had a summer when she was about six where she subsisted solely on pb&j, ramen, and macaroni and cheese. Now she eats almost everything. Hopefully Emma will outgrow it too! :)

Michael and Lindsey said...

WOW I definitely gonna be making these! I do LOVE me some peanut butter. MMMMM my favorite snack is just peanut butter on bread! lol
Colby is so picky too. I hope they grow out of this stage.

Amy said...

My little Liam is the same! I will have to try these for sure!

Sally Darling said...

Oh boy! Ok....this WILL be made in my house this weekend! Fantastic photos too by the way! YUMMM

Mary said...

Holly, these look delicious. My children adored PB&J when they were your daughters age. This is my first visit to your blog and I wanted you to know how much I enjoy the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Val said...

Aww, I'm so glad you made them. Aren't they SO GOOD? Ina, is truly amazing. Looking at your pics makes me want to make them again....soon. Happy Thursday.

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

YUM! PB&J bars? I have got to try this! Thanks for sharing! :)

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

My little girl is ALL pb&j.... ANd would LOVE these. I'm bookmarking these to make with her this weekend. Have a great weekend!!!

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks easy and yummy. Don't worry about your picky eater. She started out great being a healthy eater and she will return to that at some point. All in good time.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look absolutely irresistible! I am addicted to peanut butter...



thisitalianfamily said...

Oh my golly, these look amazing!

Lara said...

My family's a fan of everything peanut butter!

Kathie said...

Making these today for my daughter's preschool!