In keeping with my promise to do one bar recipe each Sunday, here is today’s recipe.
This is such an old recipe that I’ve been making since I was in elementary school. When I was in about 4th grade the Girl Scouts had a bake off and I won twice with this recipe. When I make them, I still read off a photocopy of the original recipe card that I wrote out for the contest. It’s funny to see my 4th gr. handwriting and my maiden name at the top. You can use raspberry, strawberry, or apricot jelly. These are fast and easy and only have a few ingredients. I make them several times each holiday season. A friend of mine even melts chocolate and drizzles it over the top before cutting.
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine (2 sticks)
Filling: 12 oz. raspberry jelly (seedless works well) or choose your own flavor
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
This recipe says to grease an 8 x 12 pan, but I use 11×7. You probably could use 9 x 13, they’d just be thinner.
Mix together all ingredients EXCEPT jelly.
Beat at low speed, scraping sides of bowl occasionally until evenly mixed.
Reserve approx. 1 cup of mixture, set aside.
Press remaining mixture into baking dish.
Spread jelly within 1/2″ of edges.
Crumble (break into little pieces and drop them all over the top) the remaining 1 cup of batter over the jelly.
Bake at 350 degrees 42-50 minutes until lightly brown around the edges.
Cool completely and cut into bars.
**When I originally typed this, I typed two and one half cups of flour, but it was a typo! Should be two and one quarter cups of flour. I caught it the day it posted, but I hope I didn’t cause anyone to mess up their batter! My apologies…