June 30, 2011

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Bars

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect "chai biscuit", or a cookie to be nibbled on alongside tea. It can't be too sweet, or it'll overpower the subtle, smoothness of tea. And it can't be overloaded with nuts and chocolate chips but have a little more pizazz than a plain old cracker.

There are few things that fit the bill better than a shortbread. It's crumbly and buttery crust is the perfect compliment to a steaming cup of tea (or coffee, whatever floats your boat). It's simple and unassuming, yet can be made exactly to your liking.

Also, they're ridiculously easy to make. In fact, I bet you have all these ingredients in your cupboard already. Go ahead and try whatever jam you love. Though I loved these exactly as they were, I'd be interested in trying a little flaked coconut or sliced almonds in the topping next time. Let me know what combination you try out!

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Bars

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 (8 ounce) jars raspberry jam


1.Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, shortening and butter mix on low speed add beaten eggs and extract can mix with mixer on low or by hand will form a dough divide dough in half and spread half on bottom of ungreased pan 11 x 7 pan pressing dough down with your knuckles spread layer of jam.

2. Then crumble remaining half of dough into little balls and sprinkle over the entire layer of jam bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes until top layer of dough is lightly browned.


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  2. fabulous looking combination delicious

  3. Very original recipe, I love it! Machallah!

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  5. machallah these look nice and very easy i will try it out!


Tell me what you think! As always, feedback and reviews are appreciated...happy cooking!