So, confession time.
If I didn’t care at all about what people want to see me bake, I’d probably make nearly every recipe on this blog related to peanut butter somehow. It is my love, and I want to honor that. But, you know, it’s not all about me. I get that. So I’ve been trying to hold it down a little, until today.
Because, because, because. Ready? CRUMBS. On peanut butter bars!
If crumbs or peanut butter isn’t your thing, run away now. And if you don’t like curly hair, ditto. Wait, what?
Okay, true story. A few weeks ago, someone I know came up to me and told me about this great straightening product I could use for my hair. I listened politely, but inside I was thinking, “You have GOT to be kidding me.”
I know straight hair is in vogue. I think straight hair is really pretty. Occasionally, I get mine blown out, and then I don’t do it again for a while. You know why? People suddenly find me prettier. They tell me how good I look, and that I should do it all the time. Boy, do I get offended.
I AM A PROUD CURLY GIRL!!!
Whoops, didn’t mean to shout. But honestly, why do people assume that curly girls want to get rid of one of their most distinctive physical traits? Coincidentally, girls with curls often come from a background that isn’t mainstream American, so maybe there’s some other subtle shaming going on there.
Either way, I will not apologize for loving my hair the way it is. And I will also not apologize for loving peanut butter forever.
Crumbs are also high on my list, almost right up there with peanut butter. So imagine my shock when, mid-workout the other day, I thought of combining the two. Why had that never occurred to me before?!
The rest was simple. I used my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe for the base and my foolproof crumb topping. A lot of crumb toppings require cutting in cold butter, but my recipe uses melted butter and comes together in literally seconds. For this crumb, I put some peanut butter in along with the regular butter to make it even better!
Don’t apologize for who you are. If you love peanut butter, scream it from the rooftops. And if you are proud of your hair, wear it your way. Be you. Own it!
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 powdered sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 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 eggs, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, brown sugar and sugar until creamy.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pat the cookie dough into the prepared pan evenly. Set aside.
- Make the crumb topping. Mix the powdered sugar and flour. Add the melted butter and peanut butter and, using your hands along with a spatula, combine the ingredients to form large crumbs.
- Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the peanut butter dough.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the crumbs begin to brown and the bars no longer jiggle.
- Cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.