Raspberry Jam Bars

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Sweet, tart and gooey, these raspberry jam bars are a happy marriage of blondies and jam.

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Sweet, tart and gooey, these raspberry jam bars are a happy marriage of blondies and jam — and I love them just as much with my morning coffee as I do for dessert. The top and bottom layers are made from the same batter but they bake up differently: the bottom is soft and chewy while the top is light and crisp.

Feel free to swap out the raspberry jam for your favorite flavor but avoid anything too sweet – tart jams like cherry, blackberry or raspberry work best. Also, keep in mind that these bars are quick to throw together but they do take a few hours to set up and cool before cutting.

What You’ll need To Make Raspberry Jam Bars

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How To Make Raspberry Jam Bars

To begin: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, place the pecans, flour, coconut, oats, salt, and baking powder.

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Blend until the mixture has a fine, sand-like texture and set aside.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and creamy, a few minutes.

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Add the egg.

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Beat until well combined.

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Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.

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Beat on low speed until just combined.

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Place 2/3 of the dough over the bottom of the prepared baking dish, using an offset spatula to spread it into an even layer. (If you don’t have an offset spatula, lightly wet your fingers and press the dough into an even layer.)

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Spread the jam over the surface of the dough, leaving ¼-inch space between the jam and the sides of the baking dish so the bars won’t stick quite so much to the foil.

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Pinch off 1-inch clumps of the remaining dough and scatter evenly over top of the jam. The dough won’t cover the entire surface; that’s okay.

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Bake for about 35 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.

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Let the jam bars cool in the baking dish on a rack for about 15 minutes. Using the foil overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and onto the countertop. Pull the foil away from the sides to prevent sticking, and then let sit until completely cool, a few hours.

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Cut into 16 bars. Enjoy!

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Raspberry Jam Bars

Sweet, tart and gooey, these raspberry jam bars are a happy marriage of blondies and jam.

Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil so that it overlaps the sides and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, place the pecans, flour, coconut, oats, salt, and baking powder. Blend until the mixture has a fine, sand-like texture. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and creamy, a few minutes. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. The dough will be sticky. Place ⅔ of the dough on the bottom of the prepared baking dish, using an offset spatula to spread it into an even layer. (If you don’t have an offset spatula, lightly wet your fingers and press the dough into an even layer.) Spread the jam over the surface of the dough, leaving ¼-inch space between the jam and the sides of the baking dish so the bars won’t stick to the foil. Pinch off 1-inch clumps of the remaining dough and scatter evenly over top of the jam. The dough won’t cover the entire surface; that’s okay. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.
  4. Let the jam bars cool in the baking dish on a rack for about 15 minutes. Using the foil overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and onto the countertop. Pull the foil away from the sides to prevent sticking, and then let sit until completely cool, a few hours. Cut into 16 bars. Cover the bars with foil and store at room temperature for up to two days.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: These can be frozen for up to 2 months. Let the cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the bars from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 192
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 53 mg
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

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Comments

  • i just made these and it came out great!!! I used vegan butter and GF flour. Flax seed egg instead of real egg. Oats instead of pecans (my partner has some allergies). It was so beautiful and tasty. Best jam bars we’ve ever made! Can’t wait to try with other jams this summer.

    • — kelsey b on June 5, 2022
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  • Fabulous – especially when I used raspberry jam I made from raspberries grown in my garden. It is a recipe to make over and over!

    • — Patti on May 19, 2022
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  • Hi, Jenn! I make these often and always with rave reviews. One of the things that I and everyone loves about these is that they are not too sweet. I was thinking about making these substituting Dalmatia fig jam or Trader Joe’s Fig Butter (which is really jam, not butter, and more like a paste). I think then this jam bars would taste almost like high quality fig bars … but I am wondering if they would be too sweet with either of these substitutions?

    • — Jane on April 9, 2022
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    • Hi Jane, Glad these have been a hit! I think you can get away with using fig jam or fig butter. I do think the bars will be a little sweeter as the raspberry jam adds a bit of tang. Please LMK how they turn out if you try them this way!

      • — Jenn on April 12, 2022
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      • It will be a while before I make them ago, but will let you know, and thanks!

        • — Jane on May 1, 2022
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      • Hi: I did make them this way and just left out a bit of the sugar and they were fine. Now I have a different question: is there a way to make these vegan? Oil instead of butter, etc.? Thanks.

        • — Jane on May 15, 2022
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        • Hi Jane, glad you enjoyed them. To make them vegan, you could swap the butter for (solidified) coconut oil. And two of the best substitutes I’ve heard about (I haven’t personally tried either of them) are a combination of water, oil, and baking powder, and carbonated water. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for more information about both. I would assume this would also work with some kind of store-bought egg substitute. Hope that helps (and I’d love to hear how they turn out if you try them with these alternatives)!

          • — Jenn on May 16, 2022
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          • Thanks so much! Great advice and super good article. Much appreciated.

            • — Jane on May 18, 2022
  • Just made these bars today using cherry preserves. Omitted coconut flakes 😝, added a full cup of pecans instead 😋. Taste awesome! During the year, always hunting down new recipes for my Xmas cookie platters. Def adding these! Will probably double the recipe for a 9×13 pan…hope that works. Thank you for this recipe 👌🏼

    • — Sylvia on March 26, 2022
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  • I Love your recipes Jenn! This sounds wonderful and want to bake but don’t have the coconut. Is there an ingredient that can be substituted?? Thanks!

    • — Debbie on February 23, 2022
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    • Hi Debbie, You can replace the coconut with more nuts or oats. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on February 24, 2022
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  • I made these using F.R.O.G. jam that a friend had gifted me from NC. It’s flavored with raspberries, orange peel and ginger. I doubled the amount called for and heated it in the microwave for 1.5 minutes to make it spreadable. I also skipped the foil part and just sprayed the baking dish and let them cool completely in the dish (I live in Alaska and my kitchen is typically fairly cool). These bars are the absolute bomb! The combination of flavors was spot on and I doubt they are going to last until the Superbowl party. I have never made a base like this for cookie bars and I am so glad I found this recipe, I’m going to enjoy experimenting with different fillings! Thanks for sharing!

    • — Michelle on February 11, 2022
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  • I tried your recipe because I wanted a smaller version than the usual large pan I make. Tried cutting that recipe in half and it didn’t translate well. I do use wild fresh fruits (rhubarb, blueberries, cloudberries, raspberries and cranberries) in my bars and it’s always a treat to enjoy them in different ways. I cook the fruit on the stove with some sugar and water, simmer until the liquid has reduced by almost half and have had great success. Your bars were a big hit since I was able to gift a variety of flavors!

    • — MJM on February 6, 2022
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  • Oh my these were delicious! Hubby just announced they were a winner.
    Easy to put together and not super sweet. Thanks Jen!

    • — Dawn on January 11, 2022
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  • This is a keeper! I made this recipe to include in my cookie box for Christmas this year which I handed out to friends and family. And, it was one of the favorites. In fact, my mother-in-law asked me for the recipe. I personally loved the ease of putting this dish together for a super yummy outcome. The only modification I made was adding a little more coconut on top before baking along with a handful of white chocolate chips.

    • — Michelle H on December 29, 2021
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  • Jenn’s recipes are my #1 go to (ahead of even ATK!). These bars are some of my favorites…nutty, not too sweet…and I generally prefer chocolate desserts. They are *that* good! Thanks, Jenn, for sharing.

    • — Amanda W on December 22, 2021
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  • I made these for a church potluck and got lots of compliments. They are delicious!

    • — Mary on November 28, 2021
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  • Such a treat, easy to make and delicious. Thank you for another wonderful recipe Jenn! They remind me of a date bar recipe that are my father in law’s favorite. Unfortunately, the recipe has been lost. Do you think that these could be made with a date spread instead of the raspberry jam?

    • — Cathy on October 15, 2021
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    • Yes, I think a date spread would work here. Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on October 16, 2021
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      • I finally made these with a date spread in place of the raspberry jam. I used Premium Medjool Date Paste by Med Cuisine. They were delicious. My father in-law really appreciated them.

        Thanks Again Jenn for all you do. I have been a follower for several years now. I have both of your cookbooks and use both your blog and the cookbooks weekly. You have helped me both a better and more confident home chef.

        Thanks,
        Cathy

        • — Cathy on January 10, 2022
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  • Hi. Have made these often and always great. I need to make a large batch to divide among three couples as a gift to each. Should I double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan? Would they still be as thick using this and how long would you bake them for? Thanks.

    • — Jane on October 11, 2021
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    • Glad you like them! Yes, you could double and use a 9 x 13-inch pan. They will be about the same thickness. Baking time may be just a touch longer. Hope your friends enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 11, 2021
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      • Thanks, Jenn. I am always so appreciative of how timely your replies are. I also appreciate when you say, in the kindest way possible, that something I want to try probably will not work.

        • — Jane on October 12, 2021
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        • 🙂

          • — Jenn on October 12, 2021
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  • Do you think these would taste weird if I used peanuts instead of pecans?

    • — Stefanie on September 11, 2021
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    • Hi Stefanie, I think it would taste a little different but definitely not weird (just make sure to use unsalted peanuts). Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on September 13, 2021
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  • wowwww! So easy and delicious but also “special”. The pecans and coconut in the batter just add that “something” that makes them amazing. used raspberry jam as the filling and it was delish but now i’m excited to try with blueberry or strawberry. I added some demara sugar on top for a little texture and crunch and it was perfect! will definitely be making these again.

    • — Sarah on August 20, 2021
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  • Delightful! Can’t wait to bring them to my potluck tomorrow!

    • — Liz on July 16, 2021
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  • Could these be made with a thin layer of homemade blueberry pie filling instead of jam?

    • — KLJ on July 9, 2021
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    • Hi KLJ, that should work but I’d puree it first to get it to the consistency of jam. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on July 12, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn… Would this recipe adapt well to gluten free? Any advice welcome 🙂

    • — Nicole on May 6, 2021
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    • Sure, Nicole, I think it would be fine. I’d use an all-purpose gluten-free flour. A lot of readers comment that they have good luck with this one. Please LMK how the bars turn out if you make them!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
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  • I used Bonne Maman pineapple and passionfruit jam, sprinkled some Maldon sea salt on top when the bars came out of the oven, and goodness gracious did they turn out perfectly! Sweet but not too sweet, and the bars were perfectly soft but still held together well. Fantastic recipe that I’ll be making regularly from now on.

    • — Meg on April 9, 2021
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