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Strawberry Almond Bars Recipe

I like these versatile bars because they’re made from ingredients I almost always have on hand. Sometimes I substitute apricot or peach preserves for the strawberry.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • TOPPING:
  • 3/4 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 2. Spread preserves over crust. In a small bowl, combine the butter, flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and extract; sprinkle over preserves.
  • 3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Combine the confectioners' sugar, almond extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 154 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.