Friends help friends who can’t take pretty pics – PB and J Bars

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After subjecting my friend Wesley to a semester of sitting behind me and being forced to look at countless food blog distractions during class (rarely of course), I had to actually prove to him that I CAN in fact cook at least a few of them. Besides wanting to spend some quality non-comm-school time together, I roped him into showing off his photography skills! Take a look at his facebook page to see this guy in action. I love that we could combine forces and make something tasty! Brian (a fellow classmate and great recipe-tester), Wesley, and I made these on a lazy Friday afternoon. And by that I mean I made them, Wesley photographed, and Brian cheerleaded from the couch.

I spent wayyy too long researching PB&J Bar recipes bc I really wanted one that was not totally just a shortbread crush and one that did not require so much jam. While I would love to be able to use 1 cup of jam in a recipe, jam is expensive!! So this was my tweaking secret: pureed strawberries. It make a thick topping to a shortbready oat crust and I just mixed it with half the amount of jam to save my wallet. Credit goes to Brian for the oat-y topping! Sadly the picture of the final product is from my phone and not from Wesley’s pretty pics 😦

making a shortbready crust

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I also combined a few recipes, so here’s some to pick from!:

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/09/06/peanut-butter-jelly-bars-with-white-chocolate-streusel-2/

http://www.marthastewart.com/852051/peanut-butter-and-jelly-bars?xsc=eml_cod_2012_06_04&om_rid=NsgB6H&om_mid=_BPzKP3B8jFp4ZZ

http://www.barefootcontessa.com/recipes.aspx?RecipeID=137&S=0

http://www.eat2gather.net/2012/03/food/recipes/meals-4-sharing-fridays-pbj-bars/

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