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Coconut-Raspberry Linzer Bars

Yield 15 bars
Reminiscent of the traditional linzertorte, these convenient bars flaunt a tropical coconut flair.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Garnish: powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Process first 8 ingredients in a food processor until almonds are finely ground. Add butter; pulse 10 times or until crumbly. Add egg yolks; process 15 seconds or until dough forms a ball. Set aside one-third of dough. Press remaining dough in bottom and 1/2" up sides of a lightly greased 11" x 7" baking dish. Spread jam to edges of dough.

  2. Roll out remaining dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut dough into 1/2" wide strips; carefully arrange strips over jam in a lattice design.

  3. Bake at 325° for 37 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on a wire rack; cut into bars. Garnish, if desired.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004