Sunday, May 31, 2009

Almond jam bars

I'm still trying to use up almonds over here. I am happy to report that I am down to the bottom of the can, I only have about a cup left. These almond jam bars helped to make a dent in my supply.

The dough for these bar cookies is very simple; it's a standard flour-butter-sugar combination with the addition of cinnamon and sliced almonds.

butter and sugar Half of the dough is pressed into the bottom of a pan. I lined the pan with foil to make for easier removal of the bars. A layer of jam goes on top of the dough. I went with a mixed berry jam, but you can use whatever type you have on hand.

making almond jam barsThe other half of the dough is gently pressed on top of the jam to form the top layer. The bars are then baked until golden brown.

I loved these bars - they're not the most unique creation I've ever made, but they were quite delicious and so simple to make.
almond jam bars

68 comments:

Tracey said...

The finished product is so pretty! They're simple yet elegant!

Claudia said...

Sara, they are simple, summery and filled with lovely ingredients. (Okay, I'm an almond fan). Sometimes simple works better than complicated. It lets the flavors shine. I love the tastes.

Heather said...

ohhh, what a delicious snack to keep around the house! yum!!

Lynda said...

These look so yummy, and yet the recipe is quite easy! Perfect for snacks, or even breakfast!

Maria said...

I've made a similar bar, love the almond/jam combo!

Kerstin said...

They look fantastic and would be gone in no time at our house! I love your almond/jam flavor combination!

One of my favorite ways to use up almonds is to grind them up in the food processor and use them in place of a bit of the flour in some baking recipes.

Barbara Bakes said...

They look so crumbly and delicious!

Robin Sue said...

Ooh these are perfect for a quick hand-held breakfast with coffee or tea. Great recipe Sara!

Sean said...

These look tasty! Anything with almonds and fruit is a winner in my book!

girlichef said...

I'd say they're ingenious! I am most certainly going to make these...everybody around here would love them.

5 Star Foodie said...

Yummy bars! Great with almonds and jam!

Angie's Recipes said...

Heather said this is a delicious snack to keep around the house, I said what a great luck to have a woman at home who bake delicious snacks.
Ask your husband, he would agree with my opinion without hesitation at all!

Elra said...

I am going to make this Sara, thanks for sharing the recipe. Yours look way better that the original one. delicious.

LaDue & Crew said...

Yum! Is that homemade jam I see..? Yup, definitely a nice simple pleasure. Can you ship some my way??!

Sara said...

They certainly look delicious...

Manggy said...

May not be the most unique, but it still looks smashing and something I probably wouldn't be able to stop eating once I've started :)

Donna-FFW said...

I think they sound delicious. Simple, tasty and perfect with coffee.

Happy cook said...

If there is something with almonds i loàv ethen and now you have jam in them too.
Well then it is pure delish for me.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Sara, these look terrific. They sound easy too. That makes them all the better.
Sam

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delicious! I love bars of all kinds!

Cheers,

Rosa

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

They look wonderful. Being simple just makes them even better in my book.

Steph said...

Those look delicious. I love crumbly bars with jam sandwiched in the middle!

Leslie said...

What a lovely little bar. I love the bake up simple things that turn out amazing

doggybloggy said...

simple and summery is right - these could come together on the fly...

Jamie said...

Oooh yummy bars! I love bars like this. What a fab way to eat more cherry jam! Delicious!

Haven't seen you around my blog lately - I gave you an award a couple of posts back :-)

Soma said...

The moment i read the title I was sold. The berry jam sounds awesome too.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I have way too much jam in the cabinet for my own good and need to use some of it up with your splendid recipe.

Cathy said...

Looks good - I love any baking that has jam in it.

♥Rosie♥ said...

I made something simular last week. Your bars look fabulous and I just know they will taste wonderful- great bake Sara!

Jenna said...

i absolute love simple treats like this! they are usually very flavorful and a snap to make!

lisaiscooking said...

They look great! The sliced almonds must add a nice crunch.

finsmom said...

I am a sucker for a good bar, and these sound amazing!

foodcreate said...

What a grand idea! Perfect for my softball meeting this week.

Thank you Sara for this wonderful recipe:)

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Netts Nook said...

Sara what great looking bars and I always am trying to find new ways to use my almonds. Great job.

Sophie said...

MMMMMM...the finished product is what counts! If it is delicious & easy: who cares?
These bars look delectable!

Olga said...

These look delicious! All you need is a glass of milk :)

Debbie said...

I love these type of bars. Yours looks so good!!!

Marta said...

They look like a perfect way to use up some more almonds! I love snack bars like these, they are the kind of treat my mom would make for us. It's simple and summery, I think it's a delicious creation Sara!

noble pig said...

How fantastic are these! Just amazing..i love jam bars.

The Duo Dishes said...

Yum. They'd disappear in seconds.

The Blonde Duck said...

Almonds and jam in bar form. Perfection!

Reeni♥ said...

They are such lovely little treats! Simple and so delicious!

Diana said...

Those look great -- like fig newtons but better!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

I adore bars! Those look so good! The jam would taste amazing with the almonds! So good!

pigpigscorner said...

So simple yet so delicious! yum yum!

Helene said...

I'd love to be your neighbor and taste these. I love jams mixed with almond.

oneshotbeyond said...

excellent job making me want something sweet right about now!

The Food Hunter said...

They look and sound delicious.

Mrs. LC said...

Wow those look fabulous!!

Monica H said...

These are good. I made them about a year ago for a brunch gathering using plum jam. And I just bookmarked the recipe to make them again :-)

Bridgett said...

What a gorgeous picture showing the finished bars. They look delicious!

teresa said...

Fantastic, this looks like a great breakfast bar! Delicious!

Bharti said...

super! Unique or not, they look wonderful.

mamakd said...

Those look great! It doesn't have to be unique to be good...sometimes there is a need for a comfortable, reliable recipe! Yum

Debinhawaii said...

Such pretty bars--I really love jam bars, they would be perfect with a cup of tea!

Cate said...

beautiful, i, too, have some almonds that i have to work off. i will try these. mmmm.

Maris said...

These look great - I think we're thinking alike here again! :)

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

These look delicious. I hear you on the excess almond thing. I just used up a bag of almond flour that I really needed to do something with.

Culinary Wannabe said...

These would be dangerous in my house - I'm sure I would be eating them all day long!

finsmom said...

Thanks for the tips and ideas! I will be keeping them in mind as I blog! You rock!

Anonymous said...

These are super yummy. I made some this morning, but instead of almonds I chopped up some hazelnuts and used raspberry jam. Mmmm!

Laurie said...

Wonderful looking Sarah. I bet these almond jam bars are to die for!!

Katie said...

These look great! Sometimes Simple is the way to go.

dessertobsessed said...

almond bars are amazing! what gorgeous photos!

petitechef said...

THis looks to DIE FOR!! :) thanks for the recipe!

Lexie said...

Yummm! These look delicious!

Katrina said...

YUMMMMM! These look great, Sara!

Usha said...

Yummy, these look tempting !