Jam Bars

Jam Bars from Kaye's Cupboard crop

First off, I think I have made these close to ten times in the past few months, and have tried every flavor of Smucker’s Simply Fruit Jam. Every batch has turned out fantastic! These bars are simple and quick, and come from one of my favorite blogs, Our Best Bites! I do have to disagree with the author on one point- she says these are best when they are completely cooled, but I LOVE them warm, with a side of vanilla ice cream! Crumbly, slightly buttery, with a burst of your favorite fruit filling; they are the sure to become a family favorite!

Jam Bars from Kayescupboard.com 3

  • 2  1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten, or egg substitute
  • 1  1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 cup jam

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 8 x 8 pan.

2. Mix flour, sugars, oats, and salt. Add butter, egg, and extract, and mix well. (It will look like coarse crumbs.) Press about half of the dough into the bottom of the greased pan. Spread jam on top, leaving a small edge. Crumble remaining dough on top of jam, creating an even layer.

3. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Yield: About 16 bars

{Kudos to Our Best Bites- originally titled “Raspberry-Almond Cookie Bars”}

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