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Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars

I bake for a group of seniors every week, and this is one of the goodies they request most. I always keep the ingredients on hand for last-minute baking emergencies. Give these bars your own twist by replacing the strawberry jam with the fruit jam of your choice. -Karen Mead Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup finely crushed cornflakes
  • 1 cup strawberry jam


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg; mix well. Gradually add dry cake mix and cornflakes. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping. Press remaining dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Carefully spread jam over crust. Sprinkle with reserved dough; gently press down. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 192 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Sharon
    Feb 4, 2019

    Made these today, we enjoyed very much. Followed the recipe exactly using strawberry jam. Could definitely use other jam flavors. They were quick and easy to make.

  • cherylyoung
    Nov 13, 2018

    Good taste, but a little too crunchy. Maybe I didn't get the corn flakes ground enough.

  • KristineChayes
    Sep 21, 2017

    I made these jam bars yesterday and they are very good. Mine turned out moist, with a bit of crunch in the crumb topping - very nice. The only change I made was that I used frosted flakes instead of regular cornflakes, but that was not much of a difference. These bars are easy to make, and I will be making some for my church's periodic bake sales!

  • joycerm53
    May 4, 2017

    Very good! Quick and easy! We especially like these with cherry preserves!

  • Naomie
    Mar 20, 2017

    My mom used to make something similar when I was a child many years ago. This recipe is better! Thanks for sharing!

  • amsm
    Oct 23, 2016

    These bars are delicious! I made them for company and everyone loved them! I love the buttery crust combined with the sweet strawberry filling. I will definitely be making these again! So good!

  • rstknasel
    Dec 27, 2014

    Cornflakes? Kooky, but it works! I used raspberry preserves and it was amazing. I might try some chopped nuts on top next time...but don't omit the cornflakes...they are there for texture and they counterbalance some of the sweetness! These are seriously delish (and my 17 y.o. agrees)!

  • hotfudgesundae
    Sep 30, 2014

    Yummy bars with ingredients easily found in my kitchen. Will make these again!

  • mamaknowsbest
    Jan 18, 2014

    Cornflakes ?? In a jam bar?? Oh yes!! I made these and almost skipped the unusual addition of cornflakes -- glad I didn't make that mistake. To my surprise the slightly crunchy dough was super tasteful. The sticky dough was addicting to taste, just as the great bars themselves. Also, after cooled they cut easily and came out of pan nicely. If not all eaten before going onto serving platter, they look great. I may cut the baking time back about 5 minutes next time. Can't wait to try with different flavor jams.

  • Bingo5021
    Jun 30, 2013

    Wonderful! And so easy to make!