Peach Shortbread Bars

by Millie Bentley

Greetings. Here’s a terrific recipe for bar cookies that’s not only delicious, but easy to make as well. And the ingredients are readily available.
Peach Shortbread Bars
2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, cold (2 sticks, unsalted)
1 cup peach preserves
1/3 cup raspberry preserves (or blackberry)
½ cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or butter a 9-inch square pan or an 11 x 7 inch pan.
Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into slices; add to flour and cut it in with a pastry blender or two knives until crumbly. Remove 1 cup of mixture and set aside. Press remainder of mixture into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated 350 degree oven or about 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Spread peach preserves evenly over baked crust. Drop berry preserves by the half-teaspoon over peach preserves. Sprinkle reserved cup of flour over preserves. Sprinkle almonds evenly over flour. Press down very lightly. Return to 350 degree oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool or at least 1 hour on wire rack. Cut into 18 or 24 bars. Yummm!! Keep these under guard if baked for a special purpose.
Until next week, dear Reader, vaya con Dios.