I’ve never gotten over a simple PB & J. I mean, how can you top that?
With a bar, actually. That’s how you top the best sandwich ever. This bar is soft and chewy and topped with strawberry jelly. Oh, and peanut butter chips. Can you imagine what would have happened if your mother had put peanut butter chips in your sandwich when you were a kid? That’s known as “bad parenting.” But it works really well in a dessert bar!
Too well, actually. These guys got banished to the freezer so I wouldn’t slam back the entire batch in one day. It makes me wonder why I didn’t name my blog after all things peanut butter. If you must know, I like to rename my blog in my head. But I still really like Just About Baked.
Actually, I constantly wonder about some of the food blog names I run across, so if you want, use the comments below to explain yourself. Some of them are pretty self-explanatory, but others are pretty out there. And I’m a curious girl, so humor me! How did your blog baby get its name?
A lot of things about the food blogging world make me curious. Commenting fascinates me. I always wonder if someone just skipped ahead and wrote about the picture and the title of my recipe, or if they took the time to read what I wrote. The more generic the comment, the more I tend to think that someone just gave the post a perfunctory skim and moved on with the day ahead.
There is nothing wrong with that, by the way. Everybody’s busy. The thing is, I’m slow at commenting on blogs because I try to take the time to read every word of each post. And though I’ve only been blogging for a year and a half (almost), I’ve noticed that it’s much easier to write personalized messages on blog posts when there’s more to the post than just information about the dish being presented. It’s always fun to read a little story about someone’s day, or to read them waxing philosophical about anything. But maybe that’s just the type of writing I respond to most. Once again, I’m interested in knowing what you, my loyal readers, think about that.
Before my English teacher snooty self takes over and I start blathering about how so many writers don’t know the difference between “it’s” and “its,” I think I’ll start talking about peanut butter and why it’s (i.e. “it is”) so great.
We all know that my love for peanut butter and chocolate is strong. You can therefore imagine how hard it was for me to opt for jelly instead of chocolate. I could’ve done both, but really, life is all about trying to recognize patterns of behavior and change them. So I resisted the urge and left chocolate out of the equation this time.
The dough base for these bars is ah-may-zing. You can actually eat it out of the bowl unbaked because it has no egg, not that I did that. Psych. Of course I did. But it’s dense and crumbly and, well, the best peanut buttery bar dough ever. The topping is super simple: strawberry jelly and peanut butter chips. If I said I wasn’t thinking about eating more of these roughly every five minutes, I’d be lying.
I don’t know why I love peanut butter so much, but there you have it. Still, the name of this blog is not Peanut Butter Me Up. Or something equally thematic. I’m going to stick with Just About Baked, and I’d love to know about how you got your name. But if you only read this for the recipe, that’s cool too!
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup strawberry jelly
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, vanilla, brown sugar and sugar until creamy.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pat the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the strawberry jelly over the top evenly and top with the peanut butter chips.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Cool completely and cut into squares.