Peanut Butter & Jelly WHAT?
Friday afternoon I was sitting with friends of mine whom I was planning to have dinner with that night. I told them a few ideas of desserts I wanted to try, one of which I would bring with me to dinner. Jessica piped in that she wanted something with peanut butter and jelly.
Always a favorite combination, I thought I could make pb&j bars in the short timeline I had, even though it did mean stopping at the grocery store on the way home. Not the end of the world, just a wrinkle in my schedule.
I used a combination of strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries for the middle layer of the bars. The peanut butter dough was pressed on the bottom of the pan and then crumbled on the strawberries. Peanuts spread over the top and pressed in seemed like a good idea, as well.
My timing did not turn out to be exactly as planned. The bars came out of the oven so close to dinnertime that I had to bring the whole pan with me to the clubhouse where we were eating. Not exactly what one normally brings, but this was an emergency…I needed tasters.
When I cut into the bars, I realized very quickly that the consistency was off for a bar and decided a spoon would be a better serving piece. My friend Barb, who was sitting next to me, was so excited with the consistency. She was the one who came up with the name, Peanut Butter & Jelly Cobbler.
I asked everyone who tried it if they would rather have a bar instead of a cobbler and the answer was, “NO”. I have to admit, I was too full to eat the cobbler Friday night and I gave what was left to Barb to take home; knowing I needed to make another batch on Saturday for the blog pictures.
After tasting the Peanut Butter & Jelly Cobbler I knew how right Barb was. This is really a fun and delicious way of eating pb&j. I love when a dessert goes awry and then turns out to be a favorite.
|Peanut Butter & Jelly Cobbler||
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup strawberry jam
- 7 ounces strawberries, cut into medium size pieces and dried
- ½ cup cocktail peanuts
- For the peanut butter & jelly cobbler:
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray an 8” x 8” baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place the butter, peanut butter, light brown sugar and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Beat until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl down as needed. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and blend well.
- Press ⅔ of the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the strawberry jam over the dough and then place the cut strawberries over the jam. Crumble the remaining dough over the strawberries. Gently pat down. Sprinkle the peanuts over the top and press them gently into the dough.
- Bake at 350° for 40 minutes, rotating the pan front to back halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.
- Betsy’s tidbits:
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Cobbler may be served hot, warm, room temperature or cold. Ice cream is delicious over the cobbler when served hot or warm.