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Apricot Jam Bars with Crumb Topping Recipe

These apricot bars are super easy to make and can be enjoyed as either a snack or a dessert. This recipe can be used with any style of jam you like. The bars are crumbly, buttery, and rich!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar * see notes
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 & 1/2 cups + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam (or jam of your choice) ** see notes

Instructions

  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat together until sugar is fully dissolved and you're left with a thick paste. Add eggs in one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and mix in.
  • Add 2 and 1/2 cups of flour, as well as your baking powder and salt to the butter/egg mixture. Mix until it starts coming together into a rough ball of dough. I find it easiest to start mixing with a spoon, and finish off by hand.
  • Divide your dough into one large piece (about 2/3 of the dough) and one smaller piece (about 1/3). Pack 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of your 9x13 inch baking pan into an even layer. Spread jam over the top of the dough. Set aside to work on the crumb topping.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of flour to the remaining 1/3 of dough. Mix until you have a dry, crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture evenly over the jam layer.
  • Bake the assembled jam bars in a preheated 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top turns a light golden brown. Remove from the oven. Cool for about 20 to 25 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

* The amount of sugar you use depends on how much jam you choose to use. If you're using more jam, it would be best to reduce the amount of sugar to balance out the sweetness.
** The amount of jam you use is entirely up to you. I personally like to stick around 1/2 a cup, but feel free to add however much or however little jam you like.
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