Your Tray or Mine: Old World Raspberry Bars

11 Dec

In keeping with my promise to do one bar recipe each Sunday, here is today’s recipe.

Old World Raspberry Bars original recipe card

Here's the original recipe that I work from when I make these! It's funny to see my old handwriting and maiden name!

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.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine (2 sticks)
1 egg

Filling: 12 oz. raspberry jelly (seedless works well) or choose your own flavor

DIRECTIONS

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.

Alex and Caroline making Raspberry Squares

This recipe has lots of opportunities for the kids to help out including measuring the ingredients and putting the dough and jam into the dish.

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.

Enjoy!

**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…
Jen

Raspberry Squares before they're baked

This is how the raspberry squares look just before going into the oven....

Baked raspberry squares

....and how they look when they come out, nice and brown around the edges!

Apricot bars

Here's the apricot version of these bars, just as delicious!

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3 Responses to “Your Tray or Mine: Old World Raspberry Bars”

  1. Pam obrien December 11, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Making these today mmmmmm yummy!

  2. Jenn Maguire December 11, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Jenn these are the best! Ever since you brought them to our annual cookout we make them several times a year. We have tried strawberry jam and apricot jam but we all prefer the raspberry jam the best. I am so glad you shared this recipe with me! 😉

    • thewholebagofchips December 12, 2011 at 10:16 am #

      Glad you like them. I’m on my second batch today. Saturday’s were Strawberry and today’s are apricot. It’s a good time of year for these.

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