Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars Recipe
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Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars Recipe

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I bake for a group of seniors every week, and this is one of the goodies they request most. I always keep the ingredients on hand for last-minute baking emergencies. Give these bars your own twist by replacing the strawberry jam with the fruit jam of your choice. -Karen Mead Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup finely crushed cornflakes
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 192 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (22g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg; mix well. Gradually add dry cake mix and cornflakes. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping. Press remaining dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. Carefully spread jam over crust. Sprinkle with reserved dough; gently press down. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Strawberry Jam Bars in Quick Cooking September/October 2001, p29

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"Cornflakes? Kooky, but it works! I used raspberry preserves and it was amazing. I might try some chopped nuts on top next time...but don't omit the cornflakes...they are there for texture and they counterbalance some of the sweetness! These are seriously delish (and my 17 y.o. agrees)!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Yummy bars with ingredients easily found in my kitchen. Will make these again!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Cornflakes ?? In a jam bar?? Oh yes!! I made these and almost skipped the unusual addition of cornflakes -- glad I didn't make that mistake. To my surprise the slightly crunchy dough was super tasteful. The sticky dough was addicting to taste, just as the great bars themselves. Also, after cooled they cut easily and came out of pan nicely. If not all eaten before going onto serving platter, they look great. I may cut the baking time back about 5 minutes next time. Can't wait to try with different flavor jams."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Wonderful! And so easy to make!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"This site wouldn't allow me to give it 5 stars (was already set with 4). I would give it five stars. I have made them many times and they are very popular with my family."

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