Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Christmas is almost here and I’m sure you’re busy busy busy.  Hustle and bustle and all that.  Anyone walking in a winter wonderland? Rocking around the Christmas tree? Looking for a great dessert to make that doesn’t take much effort?

Look no further! These bars are easy to make.  They have a beautiful layer of red jam which makes them festive.  Most importantly, they are delicious!!!

 

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars
from Baking BitesStrawberryPecanShortcakeCrumbleBars

Ingredients
2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 c sugar
1/4 t salt
1 c pecans, finely chopped
1 c butter, softened
1 large egg
3/4 c strawberry jam

What To Do
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and pecans, then stir in the butter and egg until mixture is crumbly, like coarse and wet sand. Set aside 2 cups of the mixture, and pour the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Press down gently, but firmly, into an even layer.

Spread strawberry jam over the shortbread layer. Sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the top. If the mixture is too wet to sprinkle, simply break it up with lightly floured fingers and spread it out.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cool bars in the pan before slicing.

My Comments
The easiest way, in my opinion, to line any pan with foil is to turn it upside down, form the foil around that, then turn the pan right side up and then the foil fits down into it.  Carefully make sure it’s snug.  After the bars are cooled, it’s so fun to lift the whole thing out and makes it much easier to cut the bars.

Make sure you spray the sides of the foil-lined pan well.  If you don’t, the jam will stick to it and it will be hard to get the bars out.

Using homemade jam is the best.

I’ve made this using homemade peach jam and they were great too.  I can’t wait to try making it with the blackberry jam I got from the farmer’s market this summer.

 

Don’t forget to enjoy these with a Cup of Cheer!

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