We all know that ramen noodles, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and microwaveable macaroni and cheese are what sustain our college students. I don’t know where we’d be without them although looking back I may have changed my eating habits (besides the peanut butter of course). But unlike the others, peanut butter is a highly nutritious food source that is still incredibly cost effective. Besides providing sustenance to the collegiate population peanut butter can also help you pay for college.
I recently stumbled upon the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest which features a $25,000 scholarship fund as the grand prize and four runner-up $2500 scholarship funds. The contest runs from August 4th, 2008 to November 14th, 2008 and is open to kids aged 6-12 but of course parents can help their kids develop their recipe. Ten finalists will be posted on Jif’s website and open to a nationwide vote. From there, the Top 5 will compete in a live judging event in New York City. This will be the 7th annual running of this contest and you can check out the previous winners on the website above and I’ll be posting last years winning recipe below.
I’ve always said that peanut butter would change the world, I just never knew how. This seems like a great opportunity that I wanted to share with you guys. While I doubt I have any 6 year old readers, I know that a lot of you are moms and may have children in that age range. As a mom, you can apply to the Mom’s Voice Their Choice Contest to win a 4-day trip to NYC and to sit on the judging panel for the aforementioned sandwich contest.
I also want to thank everyone who submitted an entry to The Peanut Butter Exhibition #4 – No Bake. In total, we received 16 recipes which ties for the largest number of entries with the original Peanut Butter Exhibition #1 – Cookies. The roundup should be up and running sometime next week!
Samuel, Age 11 from Riverside, CA
3T creamy peanut butter
1T finely diced celery
1T finely diced apple
Chinese Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut milk
1T soy sauce
1T brown sugar
1T lemon juice
1/2t sesame oil
1/2t chili powder
1. To make the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in small saucepan and cook over low heat while stirring with a wire whisk. When the mixture starts to bubble and thicken, remove from heat and let cool.
2. While the dipping sauce is cooling, roll flat the four slices of bread with a rolling pin. Use a large circle shaped cookie cutter to cut out each slice of bread into a circle. Mix the 3 sandwich mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Place a tablespoon full of mix into the center of each circle shaped piece of bread. Fold the bread in half so the sandwich is now a half circle. Crimp the edges of the sandwich together with your fingers so the mix will not come out. Then, while holding the center of the sandwich, pull the sides of the sandwich down so the edges touch each other, forming a fortune cookie shape.
3. To make fortunes for your fortune cookies, use a clean plastic lid from a tub of butter, yogurt, or sour cream. Cut small plastic strips then write your fortune on them with a permanent marker. Tuck the edge of the fortune into the edge of your cookies to make them real fortune cookie sandwiches.
4. Once the dipping sauce is cool, serve the crunchy Chinese cookie sandwiches with their fortunes and extra apple and celery slices on a plate with a cup of dipping sauce. Dip in and eat!
I haven’t actually tried this recipe yet but it looks pretty darn good. For a while I’ve been looking for a quick and easy peanut sauce that rivals store-bought. I currently have one that I’m experimenting with but I’m going to try this soon and report back. I hope this is helpful to some of you!