This is a recipe I got from TV but I've changed it to my liking. You can do the same by choosing any flavor preserves you'd like. Do not let the prep time throw you off; you must freeze the dough before baking.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 shortbread bars
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks to butter one at a time, blending well after each addition.

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  • Mix flour, white sugar, baking powder, cardamom, and salt together in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined. Divide dough in half and wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 3 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Grate 1 ball of frozen dough evenly into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Spread blackberry jam over grated dough, leaving 1/2-inch space around the edges. Grate the second ball of frozen dough over the jam.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. After shortbread cools, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

434 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 57.8g 19% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 99.7mg 33% DV; sodium 102.4mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2020
Turned out great. I used my food processor with the shredding disc to grate the frozen dough. Cookies met with rave reviews at work and book club. Definitely a keeper recipe. Read More
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2017
This is a very versatile bar recipe as you could use any flavour of preserve and flavouring of your choice. The recipe doesn't state pan size but I would think 9x13 I halved the recipe to bake in a 9x9 pan. My grandmother tore the dough instead of grating it which is what I did. I prepared the dough as written but mixed by hand instead of with a mixer then I cut the dough in half pressed the one half on the bottom spread the jam on it then tore the remaining dough over the top. I used 8 oz jam for the half I would use 16 oz for the full recipe or there would be barely any jam. I put the bars in the freezer while preheating the oven and baked for 35 minutes. I found the bars a little too sweet and rich I would reduce the sugar and butter to 3/4 cup each next time. I love cardamom and would double it next time or I think lemon zest would be a nice addition if you don't have cardamom. My grandmother used apricot preserves and added silvered almonds to the topping. Thanks for a tasty treat! I made this recipe for the Allrecipes Allstars Canada April challenge #ARFaceless Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2020
Turned out great. I used my food processor with the shredding disc to grate the frozen dough. Cookies met with rave reviews at work and book club. Definitely a keeper recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2020
I thought this was excellent! I didn't have car to Mom so I subbed in nutmeg and cinnamon. I used one teaspoon of each. I also used Christmas Jam because that's what I had. I made two 9 by 9 pans. Delicious! Read More
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