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Strawberry-Almond Paste Shortbread Bars

Strawberry-Almond Paste Shortbread Bars
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 32

Rich shortbread is the base for beautiful bars featuring sweet strawberry preserves and a nutty almond streusel. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
cup butter, softened
3/4
cup granulated sugar
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup packed almond paste (from 7-oz roll), crumbled (not marzipan)
1/4
cup sliced almonds
1
jar (12 oz) strawberry preserves
1
teaspoon powdered sugar

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with foil, leaving 1 inch of foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium-high speed until well mixed. Beat in flour and salt on medium speed just until blended. Press 3 1/2 cups mixture into pan. Bake about 20 minutes or until top begins to brown.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in same bowl, mix remaining crumb mixture and crumbled almond paste with fork until small clumps form; stir in almonds.
  • 4
    Spread preserves evenly over hot base. Crumble almond paste mixture evenly over preserves; press slightly.
  • 5
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top and edges are golden brown and preserves are bubbly. Using foil handles, lift bars from pan; remove foil from sides of bars. Cool completely on cooling rack before cutting. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Cut each square in half diagonally.

Expert Tips

  • You'll find the almond paste packaged in tubes with the other baking ingredients at the grocery store.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
140
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
19%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
11g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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