Monday Munchies – Blueberry Almond Bars

Time for dessert!  Blueberry season may be over, but with delicious blueberry jam you can have these tasty treats all winter long.  They may not be a traditional holiday dessert, but if you’re looking to make something other than piles and piles of cookies this year, give these a try!

Blueberry Almond Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 12oz pkg (2 cups) white baking pieces
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup blueberry jam
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325F. In a small saucepan melt butter over low heat.  Remove from heat.  Add 1 cup of the baking pieces (do not stir); set aside. Grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan.  Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar.  Add butter mixture to egg mixture; stir until just combined.  Stir in almond extract.

3. Stir together flour and salt.  Add to egg mixture; stir until just combined.  Spread half the batter in prepared pan.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove from oven.

4. Meanwhile, melt jam over low heat.  Spread jam evenly over warm crust.  Stir remaining 1 cup baking pieces into remaining batter.  Drop batter in small mounds onto filling.  Sprinkle with almonds.

5. Bake about 35 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes about 16 bars.

 

Enjoy!

 

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