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White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I have been eying Ina’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars recipe for quite a while now.
Since I’m not one to bake unless I really have a reason to, I’ve been waiting patiently for the perfect occasion to make these. Well, my mom’s birthday is this weekend and we are going to surprise her with a visit tomorrow with the kids (hope she’s not reading this tonight!)…my mom loves peanut butter so I’m thinking these are a perfect birthday treat for her.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I just recently discovered a brand of peanut butter that I have totally fallen in love with…Peanut Butter & Co. They have the most amazing flavors…ones I’ve tried are Dark Chocolate Dreams, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and White Chocolate Wonderful. I like adding a heaping teaspoon of these delicious flavors into a bowl of plain lowfat yogurt for dessert…mmmm. So good.

When I decided to make these bars today I had all the ingredients in the pantry…as far as peanut butter though, all I had was the White Chocolate Wonderful. This peanut butter isn’t the most inexpensive peanut butter so I cringed a little using up the whole jar for the recipe (actually 2 oz. less than the recipe called for), but I figured it would make the bars that much better.

I thought the bars turned out good…crumbly and buttery, but they held their shape well. My only complaint was that I thought there should have been more jam than what the recipe asked for. Next time I will just eye ball it and make sure to spread a nice thick layer of jam on them. Also, I think my pan might have been too small…my bars came out kind of thick, but that’s not really a bad thing.

If you are a PB&J lover, bake up a batch of these bars and grab a glass of milk…

White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars(I’m loving my new Martha Stewart Collection plates from Macy’s…)

Print Recipe

White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (18 ounces) creamy peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) raspberry jam or other jam (I used strawberry)
  • 2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped (I totally forgot to add these!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined.
  5. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Happy Birthday Mom!!
xoxo



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23 comments on “White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars”

  1. YUM!!! I happen to still love a good pb&j so these will be wonderful!

  2. I currently have 7 different kinds of PB&Co… yes, I do love! These bars are awesome!! I am going to save the recipe to make one weekend! thanks!:) Great blog!

  3. Whoa- don’t tease me with such a yummy treat! Josh loves PB (as do I) putting these on the to make list (for the next party we go to) for sure!

  4. YAY, a friend of mine just some me some PB but this looks so yummy! Happy B day to your mum!

  5. PB&J rules. Those looks wicked good! 🙂

  6. Peanut Butter & Co has some amazing peanut butter! I have a cookbook from them too! Yumm!

  7. Oh I've made this recipe with regular PB and they are delicious!!

    Great idea about using White Chocolate PB. For Christmas, I got the PB&Co sampler pack, so I have six flavors at home. I think the cinnamon raisin PB would also be great for this recipe. Can't wait to try it out.

  8. Now who would like these! Thisi s a fantastic treat.

  9. I have made these too and they are so good! My husband agrees with you though – he thinks there is too much peanut butter flavor!

  10. Oooo these look awesome!

  11. Aggie,

    We often get letters from people mixing peanut butter into their oatmeal (I did it this morning!), but your peanut butter & yogurt idea is a first. I'm going to have to try that one. And we're glad you love our products, thanks for spreading the good word!

    Scott
    blog.ilovepeanutbutter.com

  12. Happy birthday to your mom! Yummy bars.

  13. These would go perfect with my morning cup of coffee!

  14. Oh yeah, we’ve tried some of the varieties of that peanut butter. Heaven in a jar, I say! These treats look great! What a super idea to use it for this recipe. I actually like that they aren’t super jammy, and I like that you used strawberry. Another great recipe out of Aggie’s kitchen. And, happy birthday to your mom! Goodness, you are a good looking group! 🙂

  15. Yummy, yummy!! I love it!

  16. Oooo I can’t wait to make these for my kiddos!
    Love your blog!
    I gave you an award over at my blog!

  17. I know my kids would love these. They look really tasty Aggie.

  18. YUM! I want to make these so badly! Ina is my girl!

  19. My daughter would love these!

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!!

  20. Those pb flavors sound absolutely amazing. I have somehow never seen this recipe, but it looks like a winner.
    What a nice treat for your Mom!

  21. These sound wonderful! What a fun treat. I don’t like milk or dark chocolate with peanut butter but white is so much sweeter that it actually sounds pretty tasty!

  22. I can’t wait to make these!!!

  23. Pb&j + white chocolate sounds like a great combo for a bar!