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sliced apricot jam bars on parchment paper (5)

Apricot Jam Bars

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  • Author: Mimi
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars


These apricot jam bars are so very buttery, rich, soft, and chewy! These cookie bars are made using the same dough for the bottom crust and the top crumble to make for an extra easy dessert. You can also use this same recipe to make any jam bars you like!


  • 1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 & 3/4 cups (330g) + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, spoon and leveled (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (340g) apricot jam (or jam of your choice)
  • powdered sugar (optional - for topping)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a bit of overhanging parchment paper to make it easier to transfer. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs in one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and mix in.
  4. Add 2 and 3/4 cups of flour as well as your baking powder and salt to the butter/egg mixture. Mix until it comes together into a streak free dough. It will be sticky!
  5. Portion about 1/3 of the dough into another medium sized bowl. To the 1/3 of the dough, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour and mix it in. The dough will still be sticky. Pop this portion of dough into the freezer to firm up slightly and make it easier to crumble.
  6. Spread the remaining 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of your 9x13 inch baking pan. Spread jam on top of the dough.
  7. Take the dough out of the freezer and crumble it evenly over the jam layer. Lightly flour your fingers if needed to keep the dough from sticking. It's ok if some of the jam is visible on top, but try your best to get the dough crumbled evenly overtop. 
  8. Bake the layered jam bars in the center of your preheated 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top turns a very light golden brown and the edges are a deeper golden brown color.
  9. Cool in the pan before pulling it out and slicing. If desired dust some powdered sugar on top before digging in! 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking