There's a golden crust nicely seasoned with nutmeg, allspice and honey on these sweet bars. The recipe was given to me by an aunt.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2/3 cup strawberry jam
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and honey. Combine the flour, baking powder, allspice and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture.
- Divide the dough in half; spread half into a lightly greased 9-in. square baking pan. Spread with jam. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over jam. Sprinkle with walnuts.
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 16 bars.
Originally published as Strawberry Jam Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p88
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