Thursday, April 26, 2012

Burnt bottoms won't stop me from devouring these!

so they're a little burnt. i admit. but i hope no one notices...

maybe the ooey gooey peanut buttery deliciousness of these bars will distract them from the bitter bottoms. maybe. maaaybe.

that being said, these are the BOMB dot com for real. so good in fact, that the invocation of that cliche 1990s statement is totally warranted. these are like a delicious pb&j sandwich in mini sweet insanity form. these are not waist-line friendly. you've been warned.

i originally made these on while on cardiology (i made a lot of stuff on that rotation.. what does that say about my love for cardio? must be a troubled love, because nothing on this blog is good for your heart - physically anyway, your fictional, soulful heart probably loves it. tangent.) they went over well so i made them on my current spring break (yes spring break occurs late april para mi) for dad's workplace. i love pb&j 'wiches, which you already knew given my first ever post on this blog. this time, we move from cupcake to bar.

i used some delish blackberry jam and added in the fresh thangs too. mmmm so good. fresh blackberries have a seedy crunch that i love and that go perfect in these. in fact for more crunch factor, i might add in some chopped peanuts next time as a garnish. that would make these over the top. i don't think i can handle that right now though. maybe you can. wink wink nudge.

really wish i hadn't burned them. but, i've adjusted the recipe below so hopefully you don't burn your batch. have at it!

pb & blackberry jelly bars (makes 24 bars)
(adapted from betty crocker)

you need TWO of the following ingredients:
1 packets of peanut butter cookie mix
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2/3 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 egg

you need just ONE of the following:
1 cup blackberry jam
1 pint fresh blackberries
some chopped peanuts if you're feeling extra fancy.
  1. combine one set of the cookie mix, flour, butter, and egg in a mixing bowl. 
  2. press the cookie dough into a prepared 9x13inch pan and bake at 325F for 12 minutes. 
  3. quick - you've got 12 minutes! while the base is baking, repeat step 1 with the second batch of ingredients. also, stir the jam in a bowl until smooth and spreadable. halve the blackberries while you're at it. 
  4. remove the pan from the oven and spread the jam over the entire base. then, top with fresh blackberry halves. next, crumble the new batch of cookie dough over the blackberries until it's all covered up. 
  5. bake again at 325F for 25 min or until golden brown. 
  6. remove and let cool for a good couple of hours before cutting up and handing 'em out. 
fresh out the oven. mmmmm. 

try not to focus on the burnt bottom, now. instead, fix your gaze on that blackberry. riiiight there. it makes all the difference in this thing, honest. 

 good enough to replace the ol' pb&j sandwich? well if you ignore the "not part of your complete breakfast - or any meal" part of it, then yes. replace away! 

let me know whatcha think

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