About this recipe: One of my favorite cookie bar recipes.
I make these all the time. I've made some modifications to make them healthier (sub applesauce for some of butter, whole wheat pastry flour, less sugar, less jam filling), and my kids love them. If you make a double batch and substitute an egg for 1/4 cup of the butter, they don't crumble as much. I melt the butter and just stir it in. - 29 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I was a little skeptical on the taste of these bars since the ingredient list was so short, but WOW!!, was I amazed. These are buttery, moist, crunchy and sweet. Not dry or crumbly at all and SOOOO easy to make. Definitely double the recipe because these disappear fast and the original recipe doesn't make that much. I've also added 1 teaspoon lemon zest to the jam b4 before baking and it enhanced the flavor wonderfully. Tip: if using cold jelly, warm it up about 20-30 seconds in the microwave. This will make spreading much easier! I used jelly with seeds and it tasted great, can't tell a difference. These also keep soft and tender for days - so great for giving. You can't go wrong with this one - tastes just as awesome as the ones in my local gourmet bakery. This will be my master recipe for these bars. - 07 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My husband said these were 5 star bars and I almost felt guilty...didn't EVEN tell him how little effort it took to make them! What a great recipe to go to when you need something sweet, home baked, don't want to make a major project out of it, and with just a few ingredients that you always have on hand! - 29 Oct 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)