Very moist and fruity, these bars go great with coffee.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square pan.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening with the sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in the egg and mix until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Add to the first mixture and mix well. Spread half of the dough into the pan. Cover with a layer of marmalade. Spread the remaining dough over the top

  • Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 2.2g; carbohydrates 38.2g; fat 9.1g; cholesterol 15.5mg; sodium 158.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2007
AFTER READING THE OTHER REVIEWS I DECIDED TO CHANGE THE RECIPE BY VERY LITTLE. I CHANGED THE SERVING AMOUNT FROM 12 TO 24. INSTEAD OF 3 CUPS OF FLOUR I USED 2 CUPS OF FLOUR AND 1 CUP OF OATS. I PRESSED DOWN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FLOUR/OAT MIXTURE INTO THE BOTTOM OF A GREASED 9" X 9" PAN AND USED A MIXTURE OF HALF ORANGE MARMALADE AND APRICOT PRESERVES. WITH THE REMAINING FLOUR MIXTURE I DROPPEED TEASPOONS OF THE DOUGH ONTO THE FRUIT LAYER. THIS WAY YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH IT FILLS IN AS IT BAKES. I BAKED IT FOR 30 MINUTES AND WHEN IT CAME OUT OF THE OVEN I DID A VERY LIGHT DUSTING OF CINNAMON SUGAR. WHEN COMPLETELY COOLED I SIFTED A FINE DUSTING OF CONFECTIONERS SUGER ON TOP. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL HELP THOSE WHO WERE HAVING A HARD TIME WITH THE TOP LAYER. I BAKE EVERYDAY AND SEND THE "GOODIES" OFF TO WORK WITH MY HUSBAND. IN THE EVENING I ALWAYS ASK HOW THEY WENT OVER AND TO THESE THE ANSWER WAS "GREAT". Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/05/2003
I did not enjoy these bars very much. First of all the dough was really stiff and was difficult to manipulate. The recipe didn't make for much dough in order to correctly fill my brownie pan I needed to make a double batch. Then when the whole thing came out of the oven it fell and was pretty mushy on the bottom. Not very easy to cut and serve. The flavor of the marmelade goes well with the cookie-style dough; I think the recipe needs to work though to make the final product easier to handle. Read More
(4)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2007
AFTER READING THE OTHER REVIEWS I DECIDED TO CHANGE THE RECIPE BY VERY LITTLE. I CHANGED THE SERVING AMOUNT FROM 12 TO 24. INSTEAD OF 3 CUPS OF FLOUR I USED 2 CUPS OF FLOUR AND 1 CUP OF OATS. I PRESSED DOWN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FLOUR/OAT MIXTURE INTO THE BOTTOM OF A GREASED 9" X 9" PAN AND USED A MIXTURE OF HALF ORANGE MARMALADE AND APRICOT PRESERVES. WITH THE REMAINING FLOUR MIXTURE I DROPPEED TEASPOONS OF THE DOUGH ONTO THE FRUIT LAYER. THIS WAY YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH IT FILLS IN AS IT BAKES. I BAKED IT FOR 30 MINUTES AND WHEN IT CAME OUT OF THE OVEN I DID A VERY LIGHT DUSTING OF CINNAMON SUGAR. WHEN COMPLETELY COOLED I SIFTED A FINE DUSTING OF CONFECTIONERS SUGER ON TOP. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL HELP THOSE WHO WERE HAVING A HARD TIME WITH THE TOP LAYER. I BAKE EVERYDAY AND SEND THE "GOODIES" OFF TO WORK WITH MY HUSBAND. IN THE EVENING I ALWAYS ASK HOW THEY WENT OVER AND TO THESE THE ANSWER WAS "GREAT". Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2003
I need a recipe to get rid of an excess of marmalade. This was a very good choice. It is very quick to assemble has common ingredients and cooks rapidly. I have made it twice. I eliminated the spices for the second batch because I couldn't taste the marmalade. Very good recipe. It would be good with any flavor preserves. Oh and don't cut back on the marmalade; the moisture is needed. Thanks Allrecipes! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
Wonderful! And they ARE great with coffee. I almost polished the whole pan off myself. I tried these with orange marmalade and later with apple-cinnamon jelly. Both were great! I think it would also be good with apricot jam raspberry or peach--though I think the orange marmalade was my favorite. As mentioned in an earlier review the dough is a little stiff and hard to spread. So I rolled out each layer of dough with my rolling pin a bit to make it work. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2007
I wanted to make something with orange marmalade and when I read that these bars "go great with coffee" I decided to give it a go. I made minor adjustments--used 1 cup of flour and 0.5 cup of instant oats and grated whole cloves instead of ground cloves--and the bars turned out nicely. I think I might omit the cloves next time or just use less. The almond flavouring in the crust is very nice. Unlike some other reviewers' experiences I did not find the dough hard to manage; I just pressed the bottom layer firmly in the bottom of the dish and crumbled the remaining mixture for the top layer to evenly cover most of the marmalade (there were some gaps). Then I pressed down lightly on top with a spatula. In the oven the top layer spread out and covered the marmalade completely. By the way the bars do go very well with coffee. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2003
Very yummy and moist. I didn't have enough marmalade but I'd already pumped up my three year old about making them so we used 1/2 marmalade and 1/2 jam and they still turned out great! The almond extract gives them a nice flavour. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
09/05/2003
I did not enjoy these bars very much. First of all the dough was really stiff and was difficult to manipulate. The recipe didn't make for much dough in order to correctly fill my brownie pan I needed to make a double batch. Then when the whole thing came out of the oven it fell and was pretty mushy on the bottom. Not very easy to cut and serve. The flavor of the marmelade goes well with the cookie-style dough; I think the recipe needs to work though to make the final product easier to handle. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2010
These were really great! I had a jar of orange marmalade I needed to use and this was perfect even if you do not like orange marmalade. I did substitute 1/2 cup of the flour for oats. Next time I will double the recipe and cover the top but it is fine just dobbed on the top I pressed the bottom crust in. Oh and I cooked this 30 munutes because I used a glass baking dish..Yummy will definatly make again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
02/22/2007
A complete disaster. I'm not the world's greatest baker but I know how to read and having followed the recipe exactly there was no way it made enough dough to form two 8 x 8 layers. I didn't have enough time to make more so I just went with what I had. Anyway the end result was burned dry and dense. The flavor was ok but other than that this was a total waste of time. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/05/2008
I have been a chef for a long time and these were a waste of ingrediants and they were so dry Read More
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