Unlike others, I don't have a long history with peanut butter and jelly. Growing up in a European country I wasn’t familiar with this classic combo until late in my 20s. My other half couldn’t believe his ears when I told him I’d never tried a peanut butter and jelly combo. Between us, I was terrified. What if I didn't like it? I mean, I loved my jelly on a buttery slice of toast or over cream cheese and bagel, but with peanut butter? No thank you!
How silly of me! After losing a bet I had to have my first peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At first I wasn’t sure what to think. A second bite followed, then a third, and soon another sandwich.
Since then I’ve tried different combos of peanut butter and with every bite I fell deeper in love with it.
My love for cream cheese and jelly had been growing also. Since cheesecake is my favorite dessert, it was a no-brainer that I’d whip up a pan of peanut butter and jelly cheesecake.
Now let me tell you another secret. These peanut butter and jelly bars are to die for.
This is the kind of dessert you eat without realizing half of the pan is already gone. Don't say I didn't warn you!