DAY 3: Raspberry Swirl Blondies
Raspberry is a popular flavor around here. These bars start with a simple-to-make cookie base (you don’t even have to soften your butter first), then have raspberry jam swirled into the top.
I used this homemade Low-Sugar Red Raspberry Jam that we made from home-grown raspberries.
I originally tried baking these in one 9×13” pan, but I could not get the center to set without burning the edges. So now I cook them in two 8” square pans to get more even baking. If that is more cookies than you need (is that possible?), halve the recipe and use one square pan.
Raspberry Swirl Blondies
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8” square baking pans (or spray with Baking Pam).
Melt butter in a large bowl in the microwave. Stir sugar into melted butter until incorporated. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pans. Spoon the raspberry jam over the batter. Use a knife to swirl the jam through the batter.
Bake at 350°F for 25-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and then cut into squares.
Makes 32 bars
Note: Heat jam in the microwave until warm for easier swirling.