Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


My niece used to sell baked goods at local farmers markets, fairs, etc. She has been coming over for the last month or so with a whole bunch of her recipes, and we have been making them and photographing them to share with you.

I chose these PB&J bars to share first (we did a LOT of recipes) because they are easy to make and delicious. I mean really, really good. I am not a peanut butter and jelly fan, but I loved these. We used raspberry jam in the recipe photographed. For selling purposes, she used grape jelly because it is economical.

When telling me stories about how this-or-that recipe was received, I assumed these Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars went over better with children than adults. I assumed wrong. She said the adults would buy one, and the following week come back and buy two or three. That made me laugh out loud.

Now, since we are baking so many sweets and Hubby has been on a no-sugar kick for “us” since April, I keep one of each sweet for him, and one for me (forget our sharing, our love only extends so far) and that is our “cheat day.” The rest of the sweets my niece’s husband takes into work and shares with his coworkers. Her hubby has become super popular at work!! And, apparently, my niece has to make more to send in of these Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars as they were very well received.

Notes:

• The photos show PB&J bars made with raspberry jam. My niece usually used grape jelly. Blackberry (especially seedless) and blueberry jams are also excellent pairing choices.
• The recipe is made using an 8″x8″ baking pan. If using a 9″x9″ baking pan, bake for 25-27 minutes instead of the listed 30 minutes.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Ingredients:

• 1½ cups all-purpose Flour
• ½ tsp Baking Powder
• 1/8 tsp Salt
• ¾ cup smooth Peanut Butter
• ¾ cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
• ½ cup unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
• 1 Egg
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
• 1 cup Jelly or Jam
• 2/3 cup Salted Peanuts, Chopped (optional)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Mise en Place:

8″x8″ Baking Pan
• Non-stick Spray
Parchment Paper
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Bowl
Stand Mixer
• Spatula

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º.
• Lightly spray an 8″x8″ baking pan with non-stick spray. Place one sheet of parchment paper across the pan. Place a second sheet of parchment paper across the first sheet (to form an +). Set aside.
• Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; set aside.

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


• Using an electric stand mixer combine peanut butter, sugar and butter. Beat until smooth.
• Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.
• Gradually add flour mixture and beat until smooth.

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


• Transfer half of mixture, about 1½ cups, into prepared 8″x8″ pan.
• Press dough into the bottom of the pan until you have a smooth layer in the bottom of the pan.

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


• Evenly spread jam or jelly over the peanut butter layer.

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


• Take remaining dough and crumble over the top of the jelly/jam.
• If you are using chopped peanuts, sprinkle them on top off the crumbled top.
• Bake for 30 minutes.
• Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


• To remove the bars, simply pinch the parchment paper at opposite side (so the weight of the PB&J bars is supported), lift up the bars, and place them on a cutting board.

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


• Cut and serve.


Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

1½ cups all-purpose Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
¾ cup smooth Peanut Butter
¾ cup Light Brown Sugar packed
½ cup unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Jelly or Jam
2/3 cup Salted Peanuts, Chopped (optional)

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350º.
• Lightly spray an 8″x8″ baking pan with non-stick spray. Place one sheet of parchment paper across the pan. Place a second sheet of parchment paper across the first sheet (to form an +). Set aside.
• Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; set aside.
• Using an electric stand mixer combine peanut butter, sugar and butter. Beat until smooth.
• Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until smooth.
• Gradually add flour mixture and beat until smooth.
• Transfer half of mixture, about 1½ cups, into prepared 8″x8″ pan.
• Press dough into the bottom of the pan until you have a smooth layer in the bottom of the pan.
• Evenly spread jam or jelly over the peanut butter layer.
• Take remaining dough and crumble over the top of the jelly/jam.
• If you are using chopped peanuts, sprinkle them on top off the crumbled top.
• Bake for 30 minutes.
• Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
• To remove the bars, simply pinch the parchment paper at opposite side (so the weight of the PB&J bars is supported), lift up the bars, and place them on a cutting board.
• Cut and serve.

Makes 9 Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. If you are looking for an easy to make snack, a lunchbox sweet, or an after dinner dessert, look no further than this easy to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe. The great taste of old-fashioned PB&J in a delicious bar form. Your entire family will love these tasty treats!


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Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial

How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


Tie dye is always a fun thing to use for DIY because the results will never come out the same twice! These fun tie dye coasters were made using permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. To keep the coasters looking similar, choose similar colors on every tile, even though the patterns will come out differently – unless you decide you would like your tiles to be closer in style, then try and follow the same pattern on each tile.

If you like to make your own coasters (I do!), you may be interested in some of these DIY coaster ideas:

Easy DIY Autumn Coasters – also made with inexpensive tiles, these are a fun, easy, seasonal coaster to update your family room decor for Autumn.

DIY Pine Moose Coasters – a little wood, a little spray paint, and a sealer and you have a wonderful rustic DIY coaster!

DIY Christmas Coasters – you know those old Christmas cards you have just laying around? Make these sweet holiday coasters to use, or give as gifts! This is one awesome craft.

And now, on to the tie dye coasters…

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial Materials:

• 4 White Ceramic Tiles 4″x4″
• Permanent Markers in assorted colors
Pipette
• Rubbing Alcohol
Mod Podge
• Foam Paint Brush

Materials Used for Backing:

Cork
Liner
Felt
Self-Healing Cutting Mat
Straight Edge
Cutter or use Scissors
Mod Podge
• Foam Paint Brush

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


Tie Dye Coasters Instructions:

• Lay down some cardboard, newspaper or other protective material on your work surface.
• Make sure your tiles are clean by rubbing them down with alcohol.
• Let it dry before continuing.

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• Using various permanent markers, color your tile with whatever design you want. The colors will eventually all run together, so keep that in mind when designing. A favorite tile ended up being one just colored half blue and half yellow.

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• Use a pipette to drip rubbing alcohol over the tiles. You can use just a few drops, or completely cover the surface in alcohol. Just make sure that you do not apply so much rubbing alchol that all the color runs off.

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• Put your tiles in a sunny location to dry.

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• When the tiles are dry, soak your foam brush in mod podge and gently spread it across the top of the tile. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge over your colored tile surface. This will seal in your colors. Note: be careful not to press too hard.
• Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• Once the tiles are dry, cut a square of felt the same size as each tile.
• Glue the felt to the bottom of the tile using Mod Podge.

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• When the glue is dry, your coasters are ready to use!

Tie Dye Coasters Tutorial. How to make your own tie dye coasters step by step tutorial. A fun, easy coaster craft perfect for home decor or as a housewarming gift!


• If you do not wish to use felt backing, here is something I wrote up about various backing materials on white tiles:

Cork The most expensive option. Cork is prime for heat and durability. It is difficult to cut as it is much thicker than the other options I have tried.

Felt: The cheapest solution. It is anti-scratch although it picks up dust and direct. Simple to cut and adhere, it is the classic solution.

Liner: Hubby bought me a kitchen liner to try when he was at Big Lots. It is fairly inexpensive. I admit this was my favorite solution. It was easy to cut and adhere and is non-skid on a tabletop. An interesting positive and negative – when I stack these, they “stick” to one another. That means I do not need to find something to store them in, nor do I need to use twine or a ribbon to keep them in a pile. The negative is… they stick to one another.


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Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing!

Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.

In the early stages of spring, it seems that we spend a lot of time and energy planning and planting our gardens. We are all hyped-up for the spring growing season and thrilled to be out in the garden. As the year progresses though, we sometimes run out of steam – either through lack of production, turning our energies toward different endeavors, or, we just lack time to dedicate to our garden (life happens!). So, how do we keep our vegetables at optimum production as the growing season moves forward?

Whether you have a traditional garden plot, patio planters or boxes, or raised beds, there are some basic practices that keep your garden looking sharp as well as providing your vegetables with their best chance at peak production.

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• Beginning with your soil mix, before you sow seeds or sets your transplants, consider what your soil looks like. For vegetables, it should have about one-third compost mixed in to provide nutrients all season long. If your soil is particularly sandy or heavy clay, you can even mix in a greater quantity of compost. Well-rotted manure can be incorporated, up to about ten percent of your soil. This mix will allow you to spend minimal time on fertilizing your garden during the summer. I use a potting soil mix (Miracle Grow brand), some lime, and plant food in my earth boxes.

• For more on soil, you may want to read about these 10 Common Household Items to Use as Garden Fertilizers!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• You will also want to discourage any competition for nutrients or sunlight. The main competitor is weeds. Unless you would like to spend all summer pulling weeds out, try to weed early, and often. This way they do not go to seed and perpetuate the cycle. Here are some great tips for weeding your garden.

• Keep a watch out for garden pests. These come in many forms – buggy pests and rodents. These 5 pest repelling plants can help!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• Tomato Hornworms can clean a plant of leaves in just a day or two. By looking for signs of an infestation, and reacting quickly, you can keep your vegetables in peak production all season long. If you find just one or two pests, you can probably manually pick them off the plants, but larger infestations will require serious treatment. There are many beneficial insects that can be released before an infestation to control pests, too.

• Rodents may be a little more difficult to control (the bunnies got my peppers this year). If you are using raised beds, you can put a lining of chicken wire down before adding your soil mix to help keep burrowing pests out. My brother (and exterminator) uses chicken wire to enclose this garden. He uses a few bricks to hold it in place instead of digging down into the ground. He says it works great (and they have a HUGE garden!)

Simple Steps to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Producing! Make the most of your growing season with these simple tips! Easy, yet effective steps you can take to keep your home vegetable garden happy, and producing, all season long.


• During the summer when your plants are at their peak, keep the ripe produce picked. Plants grow to produce seeds and flowers. If you have more produce than you can handle (amd are not in a position to freeze or can), pick off some of the blooms. It should not hurt future production but will eliminate some of the harvest in the meantime. For leafy plants and annual herbs like basil, keep the flower heads nipped off, and your plants will continue to produce leaves.

• Also, in the heat of summer, water is very important to vegetable growth. If your garden is not getting enough water naturally from rain, you will need to supplement it with a hose. Lack of water can not only kill plants but will cause vegetables to split or shrivel. If your plants are wilting, water them. You may enjoy these practical tips to save water in your garden.

• As your garden starts to wane in late summer, remember to replant those sections where the harvest has been completed. If you planted short-season crops, plan to fill in their space with something else after they have been harvested. Here are some vegetables that are perfect to plant in late summer for a second harvest!

• As the weather turns cooler, you can also use some bed covers to keep your plants producing. This can be a plastic tent over the plants, cold frames over your raised beds, or even moving some of your plants into a greenhouse for the winter. If the weather has turned too cool for tomato plants to set fruit, pick the green ones that are still on the vines, and let them ripen indoors.

You can keep your vegetable garden producing all season long by starting with a good soil mix, a little planning, and routine garden care.


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