Serious Eats: Recipes

Cook the Book: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars 

During last year's Cookie Month we were pretty strict about cookie qualifications, and steered away from brownies and bars. This year we've decided to lighten up and expand our cookie horizons to include a few standout bars like these Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's Baked Explorations.

Sweet pastry topped with layers of peanut butter mousse, jam, and an oat crumble? Even if they aren't exactly cookies, this was one bite-sized sweet that needed to be shared. It's a bar for diehard fans of PB&J, those who enjoy spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar.

When Lewis and Poliafito introduced the bars by saying that they'd make a great lunch substitute, I wasn't convinced that a little bar would be able to stave off hunger until dinnertime, but these intensely peanut buttery bars are sweet and substantial enough to do the trick. And when you think about the high protein in peanut butter and good-for-you oats, eating cookies for lunch doesn't seem too terrible.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Baked Explorations to give away this week.

Adapted from Baked Explorations. Copyright © 2010. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

Printed from

© Serious Eats