Raspberry-Filled White Chocolate Bars
photo by Sharlene~W
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
1 9x9 pan
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 2 cups white chocolate chips (vanilla milk chips)
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1⁄2 cup raspberry jam or 1/2 cup raspberry spreadable fruit
- 1⁄4 - 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds
- additional white chocolate chips, to melt for dipping (optional)
- Heat oven to 325°F.
- Grease and flour 9-inch square pan. Cover bottom with parchment paper.
- Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat.
- Add 1 cup of the white chocolate chips. Let stand--do not stir (you don't want chips to melt completely).
- In large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at high speed until lemon-colored.
- Stir in white chocolate chip mixture.
- Add flour, salt and almond extract; mix at low speed until just combined.
- Spread half (about 1 cup) of batter in greased and floured pan.
- Bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Stir remaining 1 cup white chocolate chips into remaining half of batter; set aside.
- Melt spreadable fruit in small saucepan over low heat. Spread evenly over warm, partially baked crust. (It is important to warm fruit so it is thin enough to spread easily into thin, even layer).
- Gently spoon teaspoonfuls of remaining batter over fruit spread. Be careful--if you try to spread batter around too much you will stir up the fruit layer. (It is ok for some fruit to show through batter).
- Sprinkle with almonds.
- Return to oven and bake an additional 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool completely. Carefully invert pan on cutting board. Remove parchment paper and trim off all edges with serrated knife.
- Cut into 1 x 2-inch rectangles.
- If desired, you can make them extra special by dipping in additional melted white chocolate chips.
- Pick up each bar with a toothpick inserted at a slight angle on top. (When toothpick is removed, hole is barely noticeable). Dip into white chocolate just until raspberry layer (halfway up) is covered with chocolate.
- Set on waxed paper to cool.
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I made these for my Christmas trays/baskets and of the dozen cookies included, these tied for first place! They are very sweet and rich so I cut them small. I used a jelly roll pan for a double batch and that worked out well. Didn't dip them in extra chocolate and while I think it would make a pretty presentation I think it would be too sweet.
I have made these several times and didnt realize that I hadn't reviewed them. These are very good and fairly easy to make. The one time out of 15 that I made these and they flopped was when I used Vanilla meltys instead of the vanilla chips. I will have to remember to stay with the chips. These are on my Christmas trays this year as well as future years.
Wow..these will make great little treats for the holiday cookie trays. So sweet and delicate. I used home-made strawberry preserves and also opted out of the almonds and the dipping chocolate. I really think they're sweet enough w/o but see where dipping would make them very attractive for gift-giving or sharing. A great bar Sharlene.
I discovered I didn't have enough raspberry jam, so I made these with pineapple-coconut jam. I used the whole jar of jam, which was approximately 2/3 cup. I cooked them for 60 minutes after adding the jam and topping (my oven usually takes a bit longer), and sprinkled them with pecans instead of almonds. I thoroughly enjoyed them, but I don't know what they would have tasted like with the raspberry jam. I can see why they might be too sweet for some people though, and next time I will halve the chocolate chips; the flavor was a little overpowering. I also think I'll try this with marmalade next time. Thanks for posting!
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