One of the most classic on-the-go eats, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, gets a dessert makeover in this recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Hand Pies.
Stuffed with crunchy peanut butter cream and tangy grape jelly, these golden brown beauties would be a perfect addition to any picnic or afternoon at the beach. And given that it’s going to be 80+ in San Diego this week, and I’ve got the next 4 days off, I see an afternoon or two at the beach in my very near future.
Luckily, these hand pies are super simple to prepare, so I can easily whip them up as needed. The key? Store-bought puff pastry! Start by swirling together some cream cheese, chunky peanut butter, honey, sugar and milk until fully mixed. If you can manage to not eat the entire filling with just a spoon, spread some on cut discs of thawed puff pastry. Ideally, the puff pastry would be made with just butter (Dufour brand), but I’ve also made this recipe with cheaper types of puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm, I’m looking at you), and it turns out just as well. Next, top each swath of peanut butter filling with a spoonful of grape jelly, then seal the pie closed with another puff pastry disc. Be sure to crimp the edges all pretty with a fork. After a quick bake in the oven and a brief rest, you’ll be enjoying these warm, flaky pockets of goodness. Continue reading for the recipe.