Raspberry Bars

One of our most requested recipes is for Joey's raspberry bars. These have to be the most delicious and dangerous things he makes. He just made a batch for Karolyn's shower and thank goodness we gave them all to Gregory because otherwise I could kiss my Weight Watcher's good-bye for the week.

There aren't a lot of ingredients in these, but sometimes it's the simplest things are taste the best. While Joey almost always sticks to raspberry preserves for this, he did make them with the lemon marmelade I made a few weeks ago and those were equally as good. He did, however have to remove all the rind in the marmelade so I don't know how often one would want to do that.  I think these are something that are perfect just the way they are - simple and delicious.

Ingredients

Crumb Mixture
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
  • 1 Land O Lakes® All-Natural Egg

Filling
  • 3/4 cup raspberry preserves*

Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Combine all crumb mixture ingredients in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
  3. Reserve 2 cups crumb mixture; set aside.
  4. Press remaining crumb mixture on bottom of greased 8-inch square baking pan. 
  5. Spread preserves to within 1/2 inch of edge. 
  6. Crumble reserved crumb mixture over preserves.
  7. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  8. Cool completely; cut into bars.

* You can substitute any type of preserves, but I am still partial to raspberry.

5 comments:

Kayla June 14, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

This sounds so good, I'll have to veganize it!

Sheliza June 14, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

Sounds delicious and easy! I wonder if these can be made without the nuts since my girls are not a big fan of baked good with nuts. Thanks for sharing!

Sean June 15, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

Kayla, I would love to hear how you veganize these.

Shelly, I can't really notice the nuts so much in these because they are so ground up. I don't really like nuts in baked goods, either. Let me know what you try.

Mary June 15, 2011 at 7:59 AM  

These are so delish!
Everyone who came to my house for a week was fed these and approval was unanimous. My hubby was also thrilled that someone delivered a non-chocolate baked good to our house! :)

Merci Bien, Sean & Joey!
xxoo
M

Sean June 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM  

It was our pleasure, Mary! Wouldn't it be awesome if we could hand deliver these to you? Someday we are just going to have to make that happen. I have to get to Toronto soon.

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Joey and I are just a couple of guys living in San Francisco. I love cooking and we both like trying new things. Planning our meals is one of our "together" things. I hope you enjoy our blog! - Sean

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This blog is dedicated to the two most important people in my life - my mom, Ernee Jean O'Brien, and my partner Joey Concepcion. They both have showered me with unconditional support and love and have always encouraged me to be myself. I will always miss my mom and I don't know what I would do without Joey.

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