Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jolly Jam Bars

I thought it might be fun to share a couple of family favorite cookie recipes for the holiday. The first is Jolly Jam Bars. No idea where the recipe came from but they are always included in the holiday baking. These are chewy little fruit filled bars. They keep very nicely in a covered tin.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts (usually pecans since we are southerners)
1/2 cup strawberry or raspberry jam

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and blend well. Gradually add the flour and mix. Fold in the chopped nuts. Divide the dough in half and pat one part into a 9" x 11" greased pan. Top with the jam and cover with the other half of the dough. Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into about 1" square bars.

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