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Raspberry Crumble Bars a la the Barefoot Contessa

Author Carrie Hill

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Lb Unsalted Butter softened
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract
  • 2 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 10-12 oz 2/3 to 3/4 cup Raspberry Jam (or marmalade, or apricot jam, or whatever you like!)
  • 2/3 Cup Granola no fruit please
  • 1/4 Cup nuts - sliced almonds chopped walnuts, whatever goes with the jam you chose

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed just until combined. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour and salt and whisk lightly (you could sift, but i hate sifting.)
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until it almost comes together in a ball.
  5. Lightly pat about two-thirds of the dough evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan and about ΒΌ inch up the sides.
  6. Spread generously with the jam.
  7. Mix the granola into the remaining dough with your hands. Break the dough into small bits, and distribute it on top of the jam, covering most of the surface.
  8. Sprinkle the nuts on top.
  9. Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned.
  10. Cool and cut into bars for serving.