Sunday, March 18, 2012

PB&J Blondies

Todd and I hosted our first PB&J Party on Saturday. You are probably wondering what a PB&J Party is.

Well to backtrack a little before our party, I had two guest speakers at school to speak to my Ceramics classes. The two speakers were volunteers at a local food pantry (actually just down the road from our house). They spoke to my students about hunger in our town. Families who don't have enough food are only able to get 3 bags of groceries a month from this shelter because that is all they have to give! I was astounded. I mean, I come home from the grocery store with at least 10 bags of food in one weekly trip alone! And it's just me and my husband in our house. The food pantry also hands out bagged lunches and serves a homemade dinner each night.

One of the speakers spoke about how he lived on $1.50 a day, the average amount a homeless or hungry person spends on food, if they have any money at all. He lived out of his car and was constantly starving. He did this for a week as an "experiment" to see how people would treat him and how it felt. This really got through to my students. Especially when I asked them how much they spend on average just on snacks during the day. Most of them answered with anywhere from $10-20!

These speakers helped to motivate my students to participate in Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is a nation-wide fundraiser that helps to raise money for hunger. My students have been making bowls for a few weeks now and will keep making them until the fundraiser. The night of the fundraiser, our guests will come, purchase a bowl, eat dinner from it and then bring the bowl home as a souvenir. The money we make will all go towards the food shelter I mentioned above.

But that was a tangent. Anyways, the end of that story was that I was pretty moved by the hunger situation in my own town. I was pretty amazed that I didn't even know this place existed! I thought about it for a few weeks, talked a lot to Todd about it and kept thinking about it. One day in church (instead of paying attention, oops!) I decided I wanted to throw a PB&J Party. We could make as many bagged lunches as we can and then we could donate them to the shelter! I was super psyched about it. What a great way to serve! I have been looking for ways to serve for some time now. Making bagged lunches is a behind-the-scenes type thing, which is totally me. It is also quick and inexpensive. It also makes a huge impact on someone's day who otherwise may not get any food. Which, by the way, I can't imagine because I. Love. Food.

So Saturday, we had our PB&J Party. We fit nine people in our tiny townhouse. Everyone brought one or some of the following: PB, jelly, bread, snacks, bags or water bottles. I also provided napkins and lunch bags. We were able to make 86 bagged lunches in about an hour! I already can't wait for our next one. It was a ton of fun to make something for someone else with friends!

So hence, the PB&J Blondies. I had to feed the volunteers something.

But for those of you just reading this post for the Blondies recipe, I apologize for digressing. Here's the recipe! I got it from Gingerbread Bagels. If you are confused by my directions, please check out that blog because it has excellent step by step photos. These blondies were absolutely delicious! The crust came out all caramelized and everything. I am sure that you can substitute whatever toppings/treats you want as well!


  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 c melted butter
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbs grape jelly


  1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer. 
  4. Add the egg to the wet mixture and combine.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients and fold with a spatula until almost combined.
  6. Spread the batter into a greased spring form pan. You can use an 8x8 square pan as well.
  7. Place 1/2 tbs of the peanut butter randomly on the top of the batter.
  8. Place 1/2 tbs of the jelly randomly on top of the batter, in between the peanut butter.
  9. Take a knife and swirl together. The more you swirl, the smaller the bites of PB&J will be.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes.
  11. Wait until cool to cut.
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  1. Sounds good! I think my hubby and son would love these. Would love for you to share at
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks for the invite! I will definitely try to stop by later!

  2. I WILL get you the pics from the PB&J party... just got to get through this weekend :-)

    1. No rush! :) By the way... where did you say you got your camera from?


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