Grownup jam bar cookies, with a peppery zing will keep your cocktail party lively! Subtle but beguiling, these strawberry jam shortbread bar cookies are a snap to make!
- 2 ½ cups of All-Purpose Flour, whisked
- 1 cup of Pure Cane Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Black Pepper
- 1 cup (2 sticks) organic Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 1 large Egg, organic preferred
- ¾ cup Friends Drift Inn Strawberry Moonshine Jam, warmed
- 2 tablespoons Confectionary Powdered Sugar
- Set oven for 350.
- With aluminum foil, line an 8 x 8-inch brownie pan. Leave extra foil along the borders; it makes it easier to lift the uncut strawberry jam bar cookies out of the pan for cutting.
- Cover bottom and sides of foil lined pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt and pepper.
- Add butter and cut into fine crumbles. Use a pastry cutter or two butter knives.
- Add egg. Mix to the consistency of soft dough ball.
- Separate dough into two equal portions. Pat one portion into prepared pan, taking care to fill in corners.
- Spread Friends Drift Inn Strawberry Moonshine Jam on dough. Get it in corners!
- Pinch remaining dough into small bits and scatter randomly on the top.
- Bake for about 40 minutes. Turn the pan once, midway through the baking cycle.
- Remove from oven. Jam will be oozy, and the top will be just a tinge brown.
- Allow to cool for about 15 minutes. I lift entire “cake” out of the pan with the aluminum foil “handles” as soon as it is out of the oven. Let rest on a cutting board.
- Cut into two-inch bars.
- Dust with confectionary sugar just before serving.
This strawberry dessert is especially tasty with cocktails. You might like a strawberry bourbon cocktail, or perhaps served with Amaretto.
For mocktails, try a cool summery lemonade or a fall-inspired cup of warm orange flavored tea.
For fancy occasions, try slicing strawberry jam bars on the diagonal. Great for holiday cookie exchanges or tea parties.
For extra punch, sprinkle coarse sugar and a tiny pinch of white pepper on the top layer before baking if serving at a cocktail party. The extra spice enhances most mixed drinks.
Strawberry Jam Bars brown up nicely. Because some ovens do not heat evenly, it is important to rotate the pan halfway through the bake cycle, so the strawberry jam remains the star of the show.
These are a firm bar cookie, easy to pack on a picnic or to a holiday cookie exchange. They ship without too much crumbling making strawberry jam bars a favorite with the college crowd.
If put in an airtight container, bar cookies will keep several days in the refrigerator. They freeze well too! Keep a batch ahead in case friends drop by.
A gentle reminder, this recipe was developed using Friends Drift Inn Strawberry Moonshine Jam. We cannot predict how other jams will perform in this recipe.
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