Star-Spangled Banner Bars

Star-Spangled Banner Bars

Check out these patriotic bars made using berry jam – a perfect dessert for the Fourth of July.

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cup granulated sugar
cup butter or margarine, softened
tablespoon vanilla
2 2/3
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking powder
tablespoons seedless blackberry jam or grape jelly
cup seedless strawberry jam or red currant jelly
Powdered sugar, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease bottom and sides of jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch, with shortening. Mix granulated sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs in medium bowl with spoon. Stir in flour and baking powder until dough forms. Reserve 1/4 cup dough; cover and refrigerate. Pat remaining dough evenly in pan, using floured hands.
  2. To make flag design, mark a 6x5-inch outline in upper left corner of pan, using toothpick, for "star" area. Spread blackberry jam over 6x5- inch area. Starting 1/4 inch from top of "flag" (long side of pan), mark stripes by pressing 1/2-inch-wide and 1/4-inch-deep groove into dough with end of wooden spoon or finger. Make 7 more grooves, each about 3/4 inch apart. Place strawberry jam in resealable plastic food-storage bag; cut off tip. Squeeze jam into grooves.
  3. Pat reserved dough to 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut with small star-shaped cutter. Place stars on blackberry jam.
  4. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 7 rows.
Makes 56 bars

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 90
    • Total Fat 35g
      • (Saturated Fat 2g,),
    • Cholesterol 15mg;
    • Sodium 45mg;
    • Total Carbohydrate 12g
      • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Protein 1g;
    Percent Daily Value*:
      *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.