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Raspberry Bars

 Raspberry Bars
This is a favorite finger food for Valentine's Day parties because it looks so festive. Here in snowy Maine, these bars are also fun to make on a "snow day" when our normal routine shifts to a vacation day.
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 cup broken walnuts

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar, flour, butter and egg yolks.
  • Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 15 minutes or until golden. Cool. Spread jam over crust; sprinkle
  • with nuts.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks
  • form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on
  • high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread
  • meringue over nuts.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set and lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack. To cut into bars, use a knife dipped in hot
  • water. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 118 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.