Christmas Jam Ribbon Bars

December 15, 2017
0 Ratings
Photo by BerryBaby
  • Makes One 9 x 13 pan
Author Notes

Shortbread crust with sweet jam filling, topped with an almond shortbread topping. Easy and delicious! —BerryBaby

What You'll Need
  • Crust
  • 1 cup Butter, I use salted but unsalted works
  • 1 cup Granulated white sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups All purpose white flour
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 1 cup Toasted chopped Almonds*
  • 1/2 Crust dough (raw)
  • 1 cup Your favorite jam
  1. Oven 325 degrees. All ingredients room temperature. 9 x 13 baking dish
  2. Cream butter, sugar, until well blended, add egg and vanilla beat until blended.
  3. Add flour, mix to smooth consistency. Do not over mix.
  4. Remove half the batter for topping, set aside.
  5. Press batter evenly into a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish. To keep dough from sticking to your hands while pressing into pan, lightly flour hands as needed.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust looks set.
  7. Remove from oven, let it rest for 10 minutes. Using an offset spatula, spread jam over base leaving a half inch border.
  8. Mix nuts with remainder of batter. Top with teaspoon globs of dough all over jam topping (see photo)
  9. Bake 35 minutes or a couple minutes longer, until top is slightly browned.
  10. Cool and cut into bars. These freeze very well.
  11. Adapted from various recipes posted on the Internet.

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1 Review

WnnaBTrvlWrtr December 15, 2019
These were simple to make and very good -- I used Trader Joe's Sugar Plum Jam for a holiday vibe. A few tricks: make sure the pan is well-buttered (consider parchment too) and after mixing the dough, remove half from the bowl before mixing in the toasted almonds. Then chill the almond/batter mixture while the crust bakes before crumbling it onto the jam.