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Just Desserts: Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I like to tell myself that when treats include healthy ingredients, they are actually good for me. This attitude has helped me justify eating entire pumpkin pies, scores of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and now these tasty Peanut Butter Bars for breakfast. Packed with protein, these bars will power you through your day, right?

peanut butter bars

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

This recipe is for all of the peanut butter lovers out there! Move this to the top of your list IMMEDIATELY. Better yet, stop whatever you’re doing and bake a batch right now! Peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the whole world and this treat gives me even more reason to love it.

I made these for a family get-together and part of me regretted leaving the plate of them behind. They have been on my mind all week, they were that good. Thinking about them so much even made me realize that the recipe could be modified in fun ways. Sure you can use any fruit jam you want, but what about using milk chocolate or Nutella instead? I suspect there will be some experimenting in my future….

Another recipe from Real Simple, it turns one of my favorite lunches into a delightful dessert:
peanut butter and jelly bars

Here’s the recipe for Real Simple Recipe for PB&J Bars:

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
1/2 cup raspberry jam (I used all natural jam)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries, mashed (I used organic raspberries)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural peanut butter)
1/2 cup chopped salted roasted peanuts

Directions
Heat oven to 350° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Line with parchment paper. (I was out of parchment and used buttered aluminum foil)

Combine the jam and raspberries in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the peanut butter and beat until combined.

Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing on low until just combined.

Press half the dough into the prepared dish. Top with the raspberry mixture. Fold the peanuts into the remaining half of the dough and drop in clumps over the jam. Bake until the top is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

Cool in the dish for 30 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 16 squares.

Makes 16 bars. Hands-On Time: 15 minutes. Total Time: 3 hours

Until Next Time, My Sweet

reese's wrapper

I have been mourning the loss of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins from our Halloween candy stash for several days now. They were part of my life for such a short time yet brought so much joy, I’m not sure how to go on without them.

The Reese’s holiday edition peanut butter “cups” are by far my favorite candy ever. I can give or take a traditional peanut butter cup and I won’t even touch the mini cup, but the holiday editions bring out the worst in me and I can’t be held accountable for my actions. I’ve been known to steal them from The Husband’s Easter basket, eating them in private, hiding the wrappers and then lying when asked if I ate them. “No, I most certainly did not, how could you imply something like that?” Of course he knows I cannot help myself and now hides his own to protect them from me.

This past Halloween, I was thrilled to see that Reese’s had upped the ante by producing “mini” versions of the holiday pumpkin. This proved to be an even more tantalizing candy than its predecessor. A perfect bite-sized package of peanut butter with just the right amount of smooth chocolaty goodness. My eyes closed in bliss when I ate the first one. And the second. And eventually the third and fourth – well, you get the idea. I’ve spent hours contemplating the appeal of this candy and what makes it so far superior to the classic cup. But in the end, what does it matter? They are all gone and the holiday edition Christmas trees feel so far away….

I know what you’re thinking, “Why doesn’t she stock up?” Please see above statements, I cannot control myself when they are in the house. They simply would not last but would be consumed at a gluttonous pace in secret and I would be up hours past my bedtime gleefully energized by their sugary goodness, eyes shiny in rapturous joy.

So, until we meet again, my dear friend… a haiku tribute to you:

Peanut butter dreams
With sweet, melting chocolate
Oh, how I love you.

If only there was a Reese’s peanut butter turkey to hold me over until tree season…..