Friday, June 26, 2015

Springtime Strawberry Bars

I made these bars for Jenna to take to work as a treat.  I used my frozen strawberry jam.  These were very easy to put together and everyone liked them.
Springtime Strawberry Bars
Taste of Home cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
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

1. 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 peel. Combine 3 cups flour, almonds, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (do not over mix).

2. Set aside 1 cup of dough. Press the remaining dough into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Spread preserves to within 1/4 in. of edges. Combine the reserved dough with the remaining flour; sprinkle over preserves.

3. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: About 3 dozen.                                 

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