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Raspberry Linzer Bars

 Raspberry Linzer Bars
Even though this dessert feels a little sophisticated, it puts a childlike grin on everyone who tastes it. — Holly Cain, St. Petersberg, Florida
18 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg and lemon peel. In another bowl, mix the flour, ground
  • almonds and cinnamon; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Press 2 cups of the dough onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in.
  • baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble remaining dough over
  • preserves.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool
  • completely on a wire rack.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar; cut into bars. Yield: 18 bars.