Lemon Raspberry Jam Bars
With a lemon shortbread base, a layer of raspberry jam in the middle, and topped with a sweet glaze, these easy to make bars are the perfect sweet and tart treat!
Happy Easter to all those who celebrate! When I was little, Easter was a day to look forward to all the yummy treats that the Easter Bunny would bring to our house! I loved the anticipation of going to our filled Easter baskets and getting to eat a little candy and chocolate first thing in the morning! Now that I am older, I look forward to Easter because it is one of the holidays where our family all get together, but of course it is still the excitement of yummy food and treats to enjoy together!
These Lemon Raspberry Jam Bars are the perfect replacement of jellybeans for us as adults to enjoy as our Easter treat! Sweet and tart these bars will definitely be eaten up at any point during this holiday weekend!
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Easter has always felt to be the true start of the spring season for me! The days of chunky sweaters and hot cocoa are turning into memories as the next months are all about pretty flowers and sipping sweet iced drinks on the patio! If you're looking for any tasty drinks to enjoy during these warm coming months, then check out a few of our favorites!
Lemon Raspberry Jam Bars
Yield: 9 large squares
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: approximately 35 minutes
Author: Kitchen Potatoes
· ¾ cup shortening
· 1¼ cup sugar, divided
· 1 tsp lemon zest
· 1½ cups flour
· ¼ cup lemon juice
· ¾ cup raspberry jam
· ½ cup powdered sugar
· 2 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
With either a hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream the shortening, lemon zest, and 1 cup of the sugar together.
Add the flour and lemon juice and continue to mix with the mixer.
Press ¾ of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared cake pan. Top the base of the bar with an even layer of raspberry jam.
Add ¼ cup sugar to the remainder of the dough and mix with the mixer. Sprinkle this crumble topping on top of the jam layer.
Place in the oven for approximately 35 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.
Once baked, remove from oven and, while still in the cake pan, set on a cooking rack to cool for approximately 30 minutes.
Once cooled, make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a medium sized bowl. If the mixture is too thick add an additional 1-2 tsp lemon juice. If the mixture is too thin, add 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar. Drizzle glaze over bars and allow to set (approximately 10 minutes).
Serve and enjoy!