Janet's Notebook
Classic Kids Sandwich Gets a Dessert Makeover

PB&J Cheesecake

As a kid, nothing made me smile more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had a very specific way of eating it too - must be on white bread, peanut butter on both pieces of bread, jelly in the middle (so the bread does not get soggy) and cut on a diagonal.

Now that I'm grown up, I still smile when I taste peanut butter and jelly. I love how Just A Pinch members have turned this classic kids flavor combo into some amazing PB&J desserts!

Jutta Lenihan's Peanut Butter & Jelly Poke Cake may actually be better than a PB&J sandwich. "Forget about the sandwich, have some cake for breakfast," jokes Jutta.

With just the right amount of sweetness, this will be great for anything from breakfast to a bake sale or an after-school treat. It's everything PB&J you love, only in cake form.

Really... who doesn't love cupcakes? Deneece Gursky does and she turned the sandwich into fun Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes. Kids - big and small - are going to love these!

"You can use any kind of preserves or jam, I used grape jam since it is my son's favorite," shares Deneece. "I myself would prefer them with some blueberry or blackberry preserves." We went with traditional grape and were not disappointed.

Becky Hudgings turned an ordinary dump cake into something might special when she created her super easy Chocolate PBJ Banana Upside Down Dump Cake. "Topped with vanilla ice cream, it's just like a sundae," says Becky.

I followed her suggestion of using orange marmalade, and what a treat that was. The flavors blend really well with the peanut butter and bananas. I think strawberry preserves would be fab too.

"We love crunchy peanut butter and cherry jam together," explains Kait H. "I always have to make three batches of my Double Crunch Peanut Butter and Jam Bars so everyone gets seconds."

These bars are fantastic! The crunchy peanut butter and the peanuts give a nice texture to the bars. And, the cookie is not overly sweet. It goes perfectly with the cherry jam.

"If you like PB&J sandwiches, you will love this," says Lindsay Dougherty of her PB&J Cheesecake. "It is fairly simple to make and perfect for parties."

Now this is a cheesecake that everyone will love! It's quick, easy and full of flavor. We really liked the crunch the peanuts added to the top of these treats.

PB&J is not just for kids anymore nor is it just a sandwich. Reconnect with your inner kid and create one of these fun treats!

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SLO Cook - Aug 27, 2015
Just A Pinch is home to so many good down home recipes that it is my go to source before I try other sites when searching for a recipe. Unless you pay to be a premium member you have access to a high quality web site with the best recipes all for free. Advertising is what pays for quality. Its like watching The Walking Dead, 38 mins of programming, 22 mins of commercials but the quality is one thing that makes the show worth watching. It only takes a second to scroll past a video that you don't want to view.
Now about Peanut butter. I love it. A peanut butter and lettuce sandwich, sometimes with pickles and mustard sometimes without makes a great quick dinner for me. Peanut butter added to meat loaf mixture or peanut butter mixed with stewed tomatoes with soy sauce, garlic and ginger on top of chicken and then baked...it's all good. I plan on making the PB&J Cheese cake this weekend.
Doris Kanitz - Aug 27, 2015
Where is the recipe for the PBJ bars? I could not find it?
Deirdre Johnson - Aug 26, 2015
I've heard about the peanut butter on both slices with the jelly in the middle, and I thought it was just an "excuse", to have more peanut butter! Now I know!
Annette Siverson - Aug 26, 2015
Hmmm, pb&j, does it get any better? I don't think soooo! TFS, Annette
Kris Kowalski - Aug 26, 2015
No fee that I can see to get recipes. You may choose to join premium if you don't want to see ads while reading through, from what I can tell. I don't pay.

This recipe looks fun. I'm excited to try it!
Monna Hilton - Aug 25, 2015
I hope there is no fee for any of this. I misunderstood if there is. If there is, count me out!!!
Ellen Bales - Aug 25, 2015
While we're on the subject of premium memberships, does anybody know where I can find the date my membership renews?
elizabeth duckworth - Aug 25, 2015

I can't tell you how much I dislike the new introduction of videos in the middle of trying to read a recipe, not only that, some of them are from All Recipes whose ad filled recipes are one of the reasons I fled that site in the forest place!

I'd rather pay a few dollars more in membership then put up with the distracting ads.