Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars swirled with grape jelly — the perfect treat for the PB&J lover in your life!
Were you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich loving kid? My brother took a PB&J sandwich every day for lunch in elementary school. Always with Jiff Peanut Butter and Welch’s Grape Jelly on white bread.
I was one of those weird kids that took a thermos to school every day, with soup in it. (I had a very patient Mother. Love you, Mom!! xo) My love of PB&J grew much later. I am not really sure when it was, but I decided to have one, and it was accompanied by a cold glass of milk. It was amazing!
Now, I wouldn’t go and say I am a fanatic or anything. but I do like the occasional PB&J. Always with a cold glass of milk, and it MUST be grape jelly and Jiff peanut butter.
A couple of weeks ago we had our seasonal Freaky Friday blog hop, and I made a recipe from my friend Michelle, at A Dish of Daily Life. I made two of her recipes, actually, her refried beans and these cookie bars. They came highly recommended by a couple of other food blogger buddies, who made them with Strawberry jam like Michelle did.
I know there are a lot of you out there that like your PB&J with strawberry jam, but I decided these needed to be made the way I have always enjoyed a PB&J — with grape jelly. What can I say? “I like what I like!” 😉
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1 cup grape jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil, leaving a little extra over the edge of the dish. Grease foil with butter.
In a mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in egg. Mix in peanut butter. Slowly add in flour and baking soda, mix until incorporated. Fold in oats.
Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough, and press the rest of it into the bottom of your prepared pan.
Spread jelly over the top of the dough.
Pinch off pieces of reserved dough and drop them on top of the jelly.
Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool. Grab edges of the foil and pull the bars out of the pan for easy cutting. Cut into squares.
Adapted from A Dish of Daily Life
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 402mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g
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