April 19, 2012

Peanut Butter Apple Bars

PB&J is not a huge fan favorite around here. Not that we won't spread that on our bread when we have to, but ham & turkey & cheese are the sandwich fixin's of choice. So, when Kristen announced months ago that April's Improv Challenge would be peanut butter & jelly, I started sweating it...
And when I sweat, I stress.
And when I stress, I panic.
And when I panic, I cheat.
(Not that there's anything wrong with it...)
I lined the old Pyrex with parchment and patted in the dough.
Stuck it in the oven for 15-20 minutes; then let it out to cool.
Then I whipped this up:
If you take nothing else away from this post, you've gotta try my PEANUT BUTTER CREAM CHEESE! So delicious! (I might, or might not have eaten a whole batch -- Thank God for buying Costco quantities so there are still supplies...)
Spread the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese across the top of the baked bars.
Good job, Harrison!
Arrange apple slices.
Melt apple jelly and drizzle/brush over all.

(I melted 1/3 cup for one minute in the microwave, stirring at 15 second intervals.)
Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes,
then slice into bars
and get out of the way!!


  1. What a yummy idea! Love the addition of apples :) And the drizzle of jam :) And the crust :) Yum!

  2. Wow! Well for someone who is not so into PB & really made something special here! And I love that your jelly choice was apple! (Who doesn't love dipping apples into PB?!) Great job and a really fun post, too! : )

  3. You are the only one who went the apple route and I LOVE it!! Those bars are unique and wonderful!

  4. Yummy! So unique and obviously crowd pleasing too :)

  5. OMG, this is a wonderful recipe! So creative, and I will be making peanut butter cream cheese immediately! Great recipe.

  6. This looks delish. I'm trying to figure something out. Is it gluten-free? How do you make the bars? I could probably do something GF and then put on the yummy peanut butter cream cheese!

  7. I had to laugh as I read your post... the progression of your emotions to the eventual "cheat" was hilarious! And there's nothing wrong with taking a shortcut here and there ;) Clearly your shortcut led you to a very tasty recipe! Great job

  8. For not liking PB&J your sure came up with a great recipe.

  9. I'm glad I wasn't alone in my dislike of pb&j...but you seemed to overcome it, too...these bars look amazing!!!

  10. please stop! this is too much deliciousness for one day


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