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Christmas Ribbon Bars

Christmas Ribbon BarsThis raspberry jam-filled cookie bar is an easy but elegant holiday treat.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 pound butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 2/3 cup raspberry or strawberry jam, apricot preserves or marmalade
2/3 cup natural California pistachios, chopped

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine butter, sugar and egg; beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and salt.
  2. Spread one-half of dough into 9-inch square pan.
  3. Bake at 325°F (160°C) for 10 minutes; remove from oven. Spread jam to within 1/2-inch of edge.
  4. Add pistachios to remaining dough. Drop by spoonfuls over jam to cover.
  5. Bake 35 minutes until top is golden brown; cool. Cut into squares.

Makes 16 bars.

Serving Tip: For a special dessert serve warm 3-inch square bars topped with whipped cream and additional chopped pistachios.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.