Must bake…before getting sick!

Ever get that feeling when you know you’re about to get sick? I haven’t been feeling 100% for the past couple of days, and I’ve been doing my best to stave off any flu-like symptoms by pumping myself full of vitamins and orange juice. But, I know my body. When I start feeling run down, a cold is just around the corner. So, while I still have energy to bake, I made Bon Appetit’s peanut butter and jelly shortbread wedges.

I mainly stuck with the recipe but used the coconut peanut butter that my sister (Codename: Surfer Psychologist) sent me from Hawaii instead!

The recipe also called for blackberry jam, but I used strawberry jam instead and lessened the recommended 1/3 cup so that more of the sweetness came from the coconut essence in the peanut butter.

The wedges were a snap to make! It’s another foray into shortbread that I wasn’t expecting, but it turned out fantastic nonetheless. The Afternoon Drive Crew commented that reducing the amount of jam really heightened the sweetness of the coconut essence in the peanut butter, which coincidentally pushed these wedges over the top!

Finally, this recipe utilized a really interesting method to spread the top layer of shortbread: part of the shortbread dough is frozen and then shredded through a cheese grater. However, my frozen dough stuck to the plate, so I just used a spoon to “shave” off the dough onto the jam layer. I think it worked!

73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. louanne23
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 07:54:05

    Oh my, these look marvelous! Hope you beat the cold virus!

  2. Cher
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 07:54:06

    Fun recipe!
    Hope you can find a way to ward off any pending illness.

  3. Life is Full
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:05:25

    Great snack! I wish I can get my hands on some coconut p.b. too. It sounds fabulous!! Hope you beat the cold!

  4. Eileen
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:15:17

    Hope you fend off the sickness! I’m OD’ing on Airborne over here. My throat’s been sore and my glands have been swollen since Sunday, but so far it hasn’t exploded into something more. Hope you stay well!

    Those cookies look great! I can’t imagine what coconut pb tastes like, but I want to find out.

  5. Anita Menon
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:16:45

    I am sure you would have felt better after having these. Jokes aside, I hope you feel better soon. Take care

  6. Ryan
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:17:28

    Oh no! Hope you are feeling better. These sound delicious, especially with the coconut peanut butter. I’m sure they were gobbled up!πŸ™‚

  7. Three-Cookies
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:28:27

    This sounds absolutely awesome, I love PB and J combo. Coconut peanut butter is unique. Good idea to get rid of hydrogenated fats that some PB’s have. I think such products will start to become more popular.

  8. Ronda
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:47:34

    That peanut butter looks fantastic! I highly suggest getting some Elderberry Extract to help with the cold/flu. You can find products in most natural food stores. For future use, you could get some dried Elderberries, pour vodka over them and let them steep for a few weeks. It is actually quite tasty and you don’t need much. You could even add honey to it to make a syrup.

  9. thekalechronicles
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:09:22

    So interesting: kind of like a cross between a peanut butter cookie and shortbread. Does coconut peanut butter contain, coconut, coconut oil, or coconut extract?

  10. thu
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:32:49

    Awesome looking snack. My hubby loves peanut butter so he would thoroughly enjoy these. I hope you feel better my dear.

  11. JamieAnne
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:33:27

    Hope you feel tip top very soon. Tis the season for colds.

  12. spicegirlfla
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:37:13

    I woke up feeling that way too!! So many people around me have been sick lately and I’m doing whatever I can not to get sick!! I think a care package of these would make me feel really good! That coconut pb sounds amazing!

  13. saffronandhoney
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:42:42

    Aw, hope you feel better! And caught it early enough to stave off the cold! These should keep you warm and cozy though, with a cup of tea.

  14. Food,Photography & France
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 09:52:18

    Feed a cold – that’s the good news. The corollary is starve a fever – not so good.
    Bon courage.

  15. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:43:55

    I can’t think of a better after school snack than these peanut butter shortbread. I wish your sister would send me that peanut butter with coconut! It sounds fabulous!

  16. Ameena
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:55:26

    Love this! I can’t imagine a more decadent combination…and I love shortbread!

    I hope you feel better soon my friend!

  17. Serene
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 11:20:49

    These are gorgeous!

    I’m sick, too. I have to bake bread for a work potluck today, so I get to bake whether I like it or not. (I do like it, fortunately.)πŸ™‚

  18. Andi Winslow
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 11:24:58

    Love the photo’s and they sound delish to me. May be back to steal that recipe. Do hope you don’t get sick don’t want that, so feel better real soon. Andi

  19. Sue/the view from great island
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:00:20

    I’m the same way— I know I’m getting sick for days, what a doomed feeling! But at least you can eat your yummy shortbread. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy shortbread.
    Feel better!

  20. forgottenbeast
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:12:36

    Oh yum! I mean, I’m down for anything PB&J to begin with, but these sound spectacular! And ugh, I hate that “getting sick” feeling, I’d rather just be sick and get it over with rather than waiting around for it!

  21. sally
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:15:36

    I’m always ready for some PB&J! These look fantastic! I hope you were able to fight off that cold. If not, feel better soon!

  22. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:17:31

    those do not look like shortbread… they look like crazy goeey wedges of awesomeness.

  23. foodfashionandflow
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 13:34:21

    oooooo!!!!! what a fun recipe! My son would love love love love love love this! I hope you feel better soon.

    Stop by today, more Thanksgiving goodness:-)

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

  24. Beth
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 14:17:38

    What a nice combination of flavors! And I love the wedge shape of your shortbread. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  25. mary
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 15:38:32

    these look SOOOOOO good – I hope they helped in keeping bugs and colds at bay! Love the idea of these and will be trying them – the girls will want them for breakfast I’m sure!
    Hope you feel all better
    Maryx

  26. Chaya
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 16:19:09

    Hope you are feeling better. You have to bake so you can’t be sick. This is a great example of what you can achieve, even when not feeling tip top. If you have a moment, link it up to Bake with Bizzy.

  27. Betty
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 19:02:58

    Hope you stay healthy! Eat another pb&j slice- they look delicious enough to ward off any illness!πŸ™‚

  28. Simply Life
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 19:11:24

    oh I hate that feeling! Hope you are feeling well!

  29. Kelly
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 19:49:30

    I do know that feeling and I’m so glad you sneaked these lovelies in beforehand!πŸ™‚ Don’t forget your vitamin C and probiotics (those wonderful bacteria that fortify the immune system)

  30. kitchen flavours
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 21:37:42

    I love shortbread. Peanut butter and jelly sounds delicious.
    Hope you are feeling better! Have a cup of warm soothing tea and rest!

  31. Ann
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 21:39:14

    This looks amazing and I’ve never heard of coconut peanut butter. I hope you feel better very soon!

  32. ceciliag
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 22:49:59

    Are you still there? Local HONEY, Drink hot honey drinks until you can’t bear it anymore.. i promise you will feel better really soon.. JOhn would love this shortbread! c

  33. sara
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 23:56:43

    Wow, I’ve never had coconut peanut butter but it sounds absolutely delicious!! Yum.πŸ™‚ These cookies look fantastic. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  34. Von
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:08:21

    I hate the feeling of knowing you’re going to be sick😦 I always try everything to stop it but nothing ever seems to work *sigh* Hope you get better soon! Coconut peanut butter sounds amazing- I love coconut and peanut butter and the flavour combination sounds like they’d work very well together! These sound amazing tooπŸ˜€

  35. Cakelaw
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:57:45

    These look absolutely fab – I would also love to try coconut peanut butter. I hope that you don’t actually get sick and that you have a good weekend.

  36. oneexpatslife
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 06:44:58

    Oh dear, hope you feel better soon. Those delicious wedges look like just what the doctor ordered. My mouth is seriously watering.

  37. Liz
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 07:11:06

    Beautiful wedges! And I’d love to bake with that fabulous Hawaiian peanut butter! Hope you feel better soon~

  38. Parsley Sage
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 07:49:58

    So yummy! These are fabulous little snackables. Now, go lay down and feel better!

  39. Betty Manousos
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:34:11

    wow! those are fantastic! awesome ingredients, too.

    now you make me hungry!

    i love your yummy blog!

  40. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:45:36

    Fabulous. I think strawberry was the way to go. Feel better!

  41. TrafficDiva
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 16:01:42

    Feel Better Yummy! These were simply awesome! Who knew there WAS such a thing as coconut infused peanut butter?!?!?! Unreal!! And so were these PB&J bars (with a twist!) LOL! =)

  42. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 17:49:59

    I know the feeling, I felt under the weather this week and life isn’t the same. I love these pb and jelly bars!! hope your feeling better..

  43. Miriam Barton
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 18:04:16

    Those treats look perfectly marvelous! I hope you feel great this weekend! You can beat itπŸ™‚, Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  44. Asmita
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 18:48:02

    Fantastic! Those wedges look delicious! I didn’t know you get coconut peanut butter. What a burst of flavors.

  45. Tanvi
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 18:58:39

    These look amazing..what a lovely combo of coconut,peanut & strawberries!

  46. Krissy
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 21:29:49

    Oh, my kiddies would love these…and they look much better than the Nov. FFwD recipes…I’m in the mood to bake, not make stews and soups, etc.

    I’ve been thinking about your friend moving to AZ…let me know where they plan to move…Phoenix? Scottsdale? or? Will they live in a house or apartment? I could recommend something specific. But in general, some ideas that may get you thinking…Lots of swimming. at least 80% if the homes in my neighborhood have pools. Most people swim here all winter until they get adjusted to the heat. So, a new beach towel, sunscreen, nice flip-flops, a bag to keep it all together…this type of stuff gets used lots…good hair conditioner, shampoo, lotions…the pools and heat take lots out of hair and skin. A Black and Decker $15 citrus juicer. We give away about 2000 pounds of citrus every year. People take citrus to give away at work, church, etc …or maybe your friend will have an orange tree. A gift certificate to a really good Mexican restaurant. A gift cert to a cultural event like the Christmas Carol at the Hale Theater in downtown Gilbert…or if they have kids, to zoo lights at the Phoenix zoo. It is nice outside at night and a walk through the zoo where they put up zillions of Christmas lights is fun. AZ is not formal…lots of CA influence. Fun T-shirts are great through the hot weather and are acceptable dress at most places. What will your friend miss when they move to AZ…sometimes it’s nice to bring a favorite something that will be hard to find here. Sunny, bright, fun colors are popular here. If your friend likes sports, people love golf all winter, we have spring training baseball games. Maybe a good cookbook for Mexican foods. Lots of people love to walk, ride bikes, etc outdoors…so a nice re-usable water bottle, sunglasses…something to make the outdoors comfortable. Anyway, maybe that will give you an idea or ask me something more specific. Sounds like you need to come to AZ so you can get rid of your cold.

  47. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 22:07:06

    My kids would LOVE these. Probably me too. I’m curious about the coconut peanut butter. I’m a believer in the wonders of coconut oil.

  48. Reem | Simply Reem
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 23:28:35

    What a melody of flavors….
    these look so delicious…
    I hope you feel better soon my dear.

  49. Trevor Sis Boom
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 23:37:22

    Wow these look great! I’ve never heard of coconut peanut butter before! Hmmmm…. I hope you are feeling better!

  50. Kathy
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 07:45:55

    I hope you are able to stave off that cold! Your shortbread with peanut butter and jelly looks and sound fabulous! This would be such a ht in my house…my husband thinks peanut butter is a food group!

  51. Elaine
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 10:12:31

    Oh, my these look fantastic! I have never seen coconut peanut butter and it sounds wonderful. I am so sorry to hear that you are sick. Hope you feel better soon!

  52. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 19:23:01

    Hope you’re feeling much better now, we’ve missed you on FFWD this week. Anyway, you shortbread wedges look delicious and I’d love to get my hands on some of that coconut peanut butter spread…it looks rad!

  53. SoupAddict
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 22:43:57

    These look delicious! I know I have no chance of coming across coconut peanut butter, but if I did I would snap it right up! Hope you feel better – colds can be so miserable!

  54. cindyrina
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 00:09:22

    Wish you great health! that coconut peanut butter is something new. Hope to find one here in malaysia.

  55. InCucinaDaME
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 01:52:31

    Coconut peanut butter, I like it already !

  56. JasmyneTea
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 04:16:27

    That recipe might actually convince me to eat shortbread, it looks marvelous! Hope you’re wellπŸ™‚

  57. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 11:46:03

    Those pastries look great! I’ve never heard of coconut-peanut butter, I’d love to try it!

  58. Mother's Secret Home Recipes
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 20:13:40

    great recipe n take care..:-).

  59. Terra
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 21:21:45

    Love the use of coconut peanut butter, I am excited to try some now! This recipe sounds simple, yet looks so beautiful! I hope you are feeling better! Hugs, Terra

  60. Jay
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 05:26:21

    this looks incredible..cant wait to try now..;P
    Tasty Appetite

  61. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 08:19:15

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  62. kitchenbelleicious
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 08:27:31

    oh definitely a must bake! They look incredible- so sorry you got sick. our whole family has been sick over the past few weeks too- it stinks- hope you are feeling better!

  63. Kelly
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 14:21:14

    Oh no… it really was your last bake before getting sick… hope you feel better soon!

  64. Caroline
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 18:12:12

    I haven’t been feeling tip-top either, but this would definitely make me feel much better! Hope you feel better soon. xx

  65. Mary
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 20:31:56

    Coconut peanut butter? I am very intrigued! I have a shortbread recipe that calls for grating the dough too, and it makes an almost fluffy shortbread (with rhubarb filling). I’ll have to try this, and soon.πŸ™‚

  66. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 22:24:18

    I hope you didn’t get sick!😦 Take care. I just added you to my blogroll!πŸ™‚

  67. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 22:31:59

    hi yummy chunklet, your photos are fantastic enough for me to want try this recipe… and sure i will, after i look at the ingredients… have a nice day, hope you are in good health..no more fluπŸ™‚

  68. Peggy
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 14:32:31

    These look fantastic! And that peanut butter sounds amazing =)

  69. Andi Winslow
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 22:16:27

    Just stopping by to say Happy Thanksgiving to you. Do hope you are feeling better. Have a great weekend…………andi

  70. vianney
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 13:15:44

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving !!

    I hope you feel better!!

  71. muppy
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 21:49:24

    THESE LOOK GREAT! hope you are feeling okπŸ™‚

  72. Sutapa
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 08:59:53

    Coconut peanut butter sound interesting! Yummy wedges I wish I could try them now……!
    I will pray so that you stay well and virtually give us such wonderful treats!:)

  73. Andreea
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 20:27:56

    Lovely post, I hope you are feeling better now and that feeling of getting sick is gone.πŸ˜€

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