raspberry-almond bars

Makes: 24 bars. Prep: 25 minutes. Bake: crust at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes; bar at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

raspberry-almond bars
Yield: 24 bars Prep 25 mins Bake 400°F 12 mins to 15 mins Bake 350°F 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 pound walnuts, finely ground
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water

Make It

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees . Place oven rack in lower third of oven.

2. Combine flour, cinnamon and salt in bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar and walnuts. Stir in whole egg and yolk. Work into large ball; halve.

3. Coat 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. Press half of dough into pan and up sides.

4. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until barely colored.

5. Meanwhile, roll remaining dough between sheets of waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Put on baking sheet and place in freezer for 15 minutes.

6. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees . Reset rack in upper third of oven.

7. Spread jam over baked cookie crust. Remove top piece of waxed paper from chilled dough. Cut 1/2- to 3/4-inch-wide diagonal strips. Arrange in lattice pattern on top of jelly, 1/2 to 3/4 inch apart, piecing strips if necessary. Press ends of strips to edge. Place strips around edge for border; score strips with fork.

8. Mix yolk and water. Brush over pastry. Decorate edge with almonds.

9. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until browned. Cool on rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 404, Fat, total (g): 24, chol. (mg): 53, sat. fat (g): 7, carb. (g): 46, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 5, sodium (mg): 117, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.