Peanut butter jelly time. Remember that YouTube sensation? Today I've got the creme-de-la-creme of peanut butter and jelly wonders, the perfect after school snack and a treat to tempt your hungry coworkers with...yes, folks. An adult-ish peanut butter and jelly baked good. Behold Baked NYC's recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars. Though I've visited and loved Baked NYC, I've never tried these bars inside their Brooklyn bakery. But when you live 2,500+ miles away, it's not so bad to bake them up yourself from Baked's wonderful cookbook, BAKED: Explorations.
When the BAKED NYC guys said their peanut butter and jelly bars were the perfect lunch substitute I sorta chuckled. This was a dessert after all. But what I didn't realize at the time was that these bars were substantial. Yes they had mounds and mounds of butter and sugar but they were satisfying. And I did find myself eating one to tide me over till dinnertime. I'm not suggesting you'll get the nutritional value you would from say, a salad, but it works and it is dang good.
You begin with a sweet pastry dough crust. Then you make an insanely smooth and delicious peanut butter filling which is very much a faux mousse. Each of these components has a chill factor, so make sure to plan your time accordingly. Last but not least you'll spread your chosen jelly, jam or preserves and sprinkle a rolled oat crumb topping.