Peanut Butter & Jelly White Chocolate Bars

Soft peanut butter cookie bars topped with a layer of jam and white chocolate chip streusel.

Peanut Butter & Jelly White Chocolate Streusel Bars

When it comes to sandwiches, good ‘ole peanut butter and jelly is the bees knees. Forget the ham & cheese, the Italian hoagie, the fancy schmancy turkey club. In my sandwich world, nothing comes close to peanut butter & jelly.

When we were growing up, my sister always begged for peanut butter & fluff, or as some call it – a fluffernutter. Not me, a PB&J in some squishy white bread was always my jam. Uhh, no pun intended.

Soft-baked Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Streusel.

This may come as a shock to most, but I truly love peanut butter and jelly more than I love peanut butter and chocolate.

There’s just something so comforting about the ubiquitous combination of peanut butter and jelly. Fruity, sweet, luscious jams paired with sticky, thick, creamy (or crunchy!) peanut butter. To me, it’s a duo that just cannot be beat.

A match made in heaven. 

I took my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and used it as the base for these bars.  I added some more peanut butter to make the cookie bar a bit denser so it held together underneath the layers.

While my cookie recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, I opted for the crunchy version in today’s bars.  I wanted some texture in the bottom layer.  The peanut butter cookie layer is bursting with peanut butter flavor and crunchy peanut chunks.  It’s sweet, but not overly so.  I wanted the jam and the white chocolate chip streusel to really stand out as the sweeteners in each bite, so I reduced the sugar in cookie base.  Feel free to add more or less – go by your tastebuds!

For the middle, I spread a thick layer of raspberry jam. I was going to use peach jam (my fave!), but I felt the raspberry jam gave these bars a pretty look and nice pop of color. You may use any jam you love most.

The final layer is a sprinkle of oats, brown sugar, and white chocolate chips. Enough said. Streusel is my middle name, did you know?

What I loved most about these bars is all of the different textures. The peanut butter cookie layer has peanut chunks, crumbly edges, but a chewy and soft interior that I absolutely loved.  The juicy jam layer absorbs the brown sugar from the streusel, so each bite is sticky and gooey. And the melty white chocolate chips dotted on top bring it all together to make one unique, yet nostalgic treat.

…for all you kids at heart. :)

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Peanut Butter & Jelly White Chocolate Bars

Soft-baked peanut butter cookie bars layered with raspberry jam and a white chocolate streusel.

Yield: 16 squares

Ingredients:

White Chocolate Streusel

  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (45g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (45g) white chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Cookie Layer

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (310g) crunchy peanut butter (or creamy)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (330g) raspberry jam (or any flavor jam you prefer)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil or spray generously with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Make the streusel first: In a small bowl, mix together the streusel ingredients and set aside.

Make the cookie layer: In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth.  Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Slowly mix in the baking powder, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Do not overmix.

Spoon peanut butter dough into prepare baking pan, spreading it into one even layer.  Spread jam over top. Top evenly with white chocolate streusel.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.  My bars took about 38 minutes.  I topped mine with a few more white chocolate chips as they came out of the oven.  Allow bars to cool completely before cutting into squares. Bars stay fresh covered at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5.

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62 Responses to “Peanut Butter & Jelly White Chocolate Bars”

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted September 6, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I love peanut butter and jelly! And especially love crunchy PB! Looks good Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 8:36 am

      crunchy PB is my favorite! love the chunks! I’d love it spread all over those nutella apple nachos… ;)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted September 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

    We’re totally on the same wavelength! I have a post in my drafts…PB&J. I was going to publish it on Monday! Your bars look awesome…and your lighting is better :) And your streusel topping with white choc looks and sounds so good!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Sometimes I truly think we are the same person, just on opposite sides of the states! can’t WAIT to see your recipe Averie!!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted September 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

    You had me at peanut butter and jelly…but then you add the white chocolate streusel topping? Amazing! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 8:38 am

      lol! PBJ gets me everytime. the white chocolate was a pleasant afterthought!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted September 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

    This is like all of my favorite things in one! I’m definitely going to try these very very soon!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Let me know if/when you do try them, Ari. My favorite things too!

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    Moposted September 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

    soooooooooooo trying that this weekend ! Thanks for brightening my week !

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 8:40 am

      I know you’ll love these, Mo!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    White chocolate streusel topping? Hello that sounds awesome!!! I love that you admitted to liking a cute baked good. The raspberry jam gave it such a pretty pop of color…very cute indeed!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Yes Jocelyn… I must have my desserts be lookin’ pretty lol ;)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted September 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    So THAT’S what heaven looks like. Thick, chewy peanut buttery bars with swirls of juicy berry jam and WHITE CHOCOLATE STREUSEL. Are you forreal right now? These bars are unreal :) and I agree with ya, nothing beats a PBJ still to this day! Sometimes, I’ll have a half of one as my dessert–seriously! I love them so much. Though I’m weird and like green apple mint jelly, but let’s not judge one another by our jelly selections haha. Love these girlie!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      OMG green apple mint jelly…. we need to have a talk Hayley. I won’t judge you though, PROMISE!! :D

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy Leagueposted September 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Omg, love the streusel topping! This is like mixing two classics, PB&J meets white chocolate raspberry. Dying to try it!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I never thought of that! You’re right, it’s totally mixing two of my favorite classic combos :)

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    Rachel {Studio Cuisine}posted September 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Want this, like, now. Do you deliver to DC? ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      We are so close to eachother Rachel!

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      • Rachel {Studio Cuisine}replied on September 6th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        I know! We’ll have to plan a DC/Baltimore blogger meet up at some point!

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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of Foodieposted September 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Streusel is one of my all time favorites – any time its listed as a part of a dessert/food I have my sights set on it. It’s always a winner ;)

    PS & J is a classic..I still eat it for lunch all the time!

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    Laura Dembowskiposted September 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    OMG! Sally, these are insane and amazing! I love peanut butter and jelly too, and the white chocolate streusel is totally genius. I have to make these soon :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      i knew you’d like these laura… no chocolate! just white chocolate. :)

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted September 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I love streusel too! And pb&j NEVER gets old…I still crave it sometimes even in my “old” age lol

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      “old age” yeah right lol! haha it’s still my favorite, no matter how old I get!

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    what katie's bakingposted September 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    you always have the best recipes!
    yum. and crunchy is definitely the best peanut butter… i’m glad i’m not the only one who eats it straight from the jar!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 6th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      thank you katie my dear! yes, I eat pb out of the jar almost daily. sit down at my computer, spoon in one hand, jar in the other and go to town :)

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    Erika - The Teenage Tasteposted September 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Growing up I was never obsessed with PB&J sandwiches, but PB&J baked goods are a totally different story! These bars look deeeelicious – I love your addition of the streusel!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chefposted September 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    looks yum! i love crunchy pb! but not natural crunchy pb. the “regular” crunchy pb. yummmmm.

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    Reeniposted September 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I am pb & jelly lover too Sally! Blueberry or strawberry is my fave with a super thick layer of peanut butter. These are over the top especially since I am a sucker for white chocolate – this combo is heavenly!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Mmmmm yes blueberry jam is SO SO good! I’d love to make my own someday. THanks Reeni!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted September 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Oh, yes Sally. These look so good. And I don’t even like jelly! I may have to sub Nutella…

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 6:26 am

      Ummmm yesssss these would be fabulous with Nutella but that goes without saying :)

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    Chelseaposted September 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    These look absolutely divine! And I love that you used Crunchy Peanut Butter!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Oh yeah! Crunchy is the best :)

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted September 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Okay, this is a mark of an awesome blogger–I’m actually not a huge fan of PB&J (I know, I know!), but after reading this post and seeing your fabulous pictures, I’m ready to make this recipe like RIGHT NOW. Seriously, with the streusel topping and that vibrant pop of jam, these look amazing!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 6:25 am

      A recipe success then right?! Thanks Ashley you’re so sweet!

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted September 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    this is like childhood in a bar but with more sugar than my parents would ever allow me to have! haha, i love the streusel topping – i’d be picking it all off and then be left with no streusel :( sad day for me, huh? haha

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    Anna @ hiddenponiesposted September 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

    White chocolate streusel! These look amazing!

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    Carissa @ Pretty/Hungryposted September 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I’ve been needing a good recipe for PB&J bars. This makes me wish I could eat one right now!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 6:24 am

      LEt me know if you make them, thanks Carissa!

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    baker streetposted September 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I love streusel anything too! Just oatmeal, white chocolate and brown sugar layer is just the perfect topping for these delicious bars! :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted September 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Ahhh! I love these bars! What a great new way to enjoy PB&J!!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you Stephanie!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodlesposted September 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Omg, I totally agree, PB+J is the best :) Your bars look awesome – I’m a sucker for (obviously) anything pb+j and anything with a streusel. Awesome!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 8th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I am a SUCKER for PBJ too!! Thanks Heidi. Oh and ya just can’t go wrong with streusel! lol

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    Sam Anaposted September 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Ok… I’m going to make these very soon for sure! Thanks

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    • Sallyreplied on September 8th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Hey Sam Ana! Let me know how they turn out!

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    Erikaposted September 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Yum! I absolutely love the PB&J combo. My fam has a tradition to go berry-picking once a summer and we use a hybrid of berries to make “strawlalieberry jam”–strawberries + olallieberries. What brand of jam do you use? Looks delicious :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 10th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Strawlalieberry jam… whatever that is, it sounds fantastic. I used smackers raspberry jam. It’s my favorite! Not homemade though, obviously!

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    Ilanposted October 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I love peanut butter and jelly too! Even though I’ve only had it like once. Those bars look awesome – I love the addition of white chocolate.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 1st, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      thank you! i grew up on PBJs, the white chocolate were a last minute extra touch :)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    These sound and look incredible Sally! I love the pb&j combo!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 21st, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Hey Laurie!! Thank you!

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    ashley - baker by natureposted March 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my goooooooooodness, Sally… these look out-of-control amazing! I want!!!

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    Karaposted March 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Sally you are truly amazing. And evil. For introducing all of these amazing recipes in my life ;)
    Last weekend I made these with my 89 year old gramma… huge hit!
    Thank you!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Kara, that’s the sweetest comment ever. I’m so happy you and your grandma made these. Thanks for letting me know!

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    Ericaposted October 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Wait, so your middle name SERIOUSLY is Struesal? I don’t believe it. :D

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    • Sallyreplied on October 29th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Haha, no it’s Anne. But it should be streusel!

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    Judiposted November 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Sounds delish! Must try these soon. Question….Why do you always line your pans with aluminum foil instead of using parchment paper? Is it just a personal preference?

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    • Sallyreplied on November 4th, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Hey Judi! It’s simply a personal preference. I find foil simpler to work with and molds MUCH easier into the pan without having to cut it.

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    Avianti Jewelryposted September 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Officially subscribed! This is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

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