Peanut Butter as You've Never Seen It Before
April 2 is National PB and J Day, and as die-hard peanut butter fans, we’re ready to lay it on thick. Out of respect for the venerable spread, however, we’re thinking beyond jam and bread. Our sweet-and-savory recipes raise this pantry staple to top-shelf status.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Save the sandwiches for quick lunches — today calls for a special treat. These bars are guaranteed to make your day peanut better.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 jar (12 ounces) grape jelly
3/4 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter parchment.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. With a pastry cutter or your hands, work in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Add egg and vanilla extract; stir until dough just comes together. Set aside 1 cup dough and firmly press remaining dough into pan in an even layer. Using a small offset spatula, spread grape jelly over top.
3. Combine reserved dough, peanuts, and peanut butter chips; crumble over jam layer. Bake until topping is deep golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Run a sharp knife around edges, then, using parchment, lift cake from pan and cut into 12 squares.
Peanut Butter and Jam Crepe Roll
Bread’s a reliable vehicle, but we like to spread the love around. Grilled lavash and chili paste highlight peanut butter’s savory side, while a giant crepe roll-up is fun for the whole family.
1 Simple Crepes recipe
1 tablespoon grape jam
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1. Spread a cooled crepe with grape jam and peanut butter. Roll, then slice into rounds with a serrated knife if desired.
Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast
Morning carbs can be a recipe for a crash, but not when paired with peanut butter’s slow-releasing protein and fiber. Stuffed French toast gives a sandwich pan-fried panache, while waffles leave no holes in the flavor department.