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Raspberry Almond Bars Recipe

A pan of these thick bars makes a pretty presentation at any gathering. Almond extract is a nice complement to the buttery crust.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) raspberry jam

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. With a moistened finger, make diagonal indentations every 2 in. in both directions, about 1/3 in. deep.
  • 3. Fill indentations with jam. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 224 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 118 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.