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Springtime Strawberry Bars

Warmer weather calls for a lighter dessert like these fruity bars. The recipe makes a big batch, so it's perfect for company.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    About 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) strawberry preserves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon zest. Combine 3 cups flour, almonds, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (do not over mix).
  • Set aside 1 cup of dough. Press the remaining dough into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread preserves to within 1/4 in. of edges. Combine the reserved dough with the remaining flour; sprinkle over preserves.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 159 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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