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Saturday, July 10, 2010

raspberry shortbread bars.


these were a family favorite growing up, and i continue to make and loooove them. i dare you to eat just one bar! {sorry, no picture of the cut bars. these went straight from the oven to gina's house to be devoured!}

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
approximately 1 cup raspberry jam, divided
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended.

divide dough into 2 equal portions; roll each portion into a 12-inch by 3-inch strip. place strips on lightly greased baking sheets. {i don't use a rolling pin, i just shape them with my hands, pressing them right on the cookie sheet.}

press indentations along the middle of each bar, allowing for jam to be spooned in without dripping off the sides. spoon half of jam evenly into indentations.

bake at 350° for 15 minutes. remove from oven; spoon remaining jam into indentations. bake 5 more minutes or until lightly browned.

whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and extract; drizzle over warm shortbread. cut each strip diagonally into 1-inch slices. cool in pans on wire racks.


Gina Louise said...

These are the best raspberry bars ever. Love them!

Emily said...

Yum Ariel! I just made some plum jam and I was thinking about making jam print cookies. This sounds so much better. Can't wait to try it!

Emily said...

Ok, these are awesome! I used the plum jam and it was the perfect compliment to the sweet shortbread. Thanks Ariel!

ariel said...

you are welcome :) i want to make some right now...

Amelia O'Malley said...

My Grandson requests these every year in lieu of a birthday cake….

Kim Drooks said...

Can you freeze these?