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Raspberry Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min.

Makes

3 dozen

This is a favorite finger food for Valentine's Day parties because it looks so festive. Here in snowy Maine, these bars are also fun to make on a "snow day" when our normal routine shifts to a vacation day.
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 cup broken walnuts

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup sugar, flour, butter and egg yolks. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool. Spread jam over crust; sprinkle with nuts.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue over nuts.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. To cut into bars, use a knife dipped in hot water. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 118 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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