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Peach Almond Jam Bars Recipe

An Old Fashioned Jam Bar Recipe


I love a good jam bar recipe and I found this Peach Almond Jam Bars recipe in a new vintage cookbook I picked up a couple of weeks ago. I love old vintage cook book recipes as you know and it has been a while since I shared a vintage recipe for my Vintage Recipe Project.  Even though this recipe is called Almond Bars in the cookbook I decided to call my version of this old fashioned jam bars recipe Peach Almond Jam Bars because it is filled with peach jam and flavored with finely chopped almonds along with pure almond extract. 


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Peach Almond Jam Bars Recipe

I made a few changes to this Almond Bar recipe. The biggest change I made was I substituted all purpose flour for the rice flour that was called for in the original recipe. I also added finely chopped almonds to the crust and top cake layer. You can omit the nuts if you like but it really adds a nice crunchy texture each Jam Bar.

I was very surprised the see that rice flour was called for in this vintage recipe. This old cook book was written in 1968. How common could rice flour have been back then? 

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I love to include as much information on these old recipes as I can. One of my passions is reconnecting my readers with old family recipes they may be looking for. How many times have you been reminiscing with a family member about a favorite family recipe that no one thought to write down from a grandmother, aunt or family member that is no longer with us? 

Usually the person’s name and location is included in  these old church or community cookbooks. I like to include this information so maybe one day a family member will come across an old recipe they have been trying to find. I am happy to say it has happened a number of times already. It warms my heart when I get a comment from someone who found an old family recipe they have been searching for here in my Vintage Recipe Project. 

  • Title: Forum Feasts
  • Place:  Waldwick, New Jersey
  • Date: 1968
  • Recipe: Almond Bars
  • Recipe Submitted by: Mrs. Edward W. Many- Ramsey

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I loved the way this Peach Almond Bars recipe turned out. The bottom layer is soft but firm while the cake/topping layer is light and fluffy. There is just a hint of peach flavor from the jam. Next time I will increase the amount of jam I used to 1 cup make that layer thicker. 

These Peach Almond Jam Bars recipe is perfect for a brunch, tea party, baby shower or as a special afternoon treat with a cup of coffee.


Old Fashioned Jam Bars | Vintage Recipe Project
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Recipe type: Dessert Recipe
Serves: 16
Crust Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅔ cups packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup almond meal or finely chopped almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Cake Ingredients
  • ½ - ¾ peach preserves or favorite jam
  • ½ cup of butter, softened
  • ⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • ⅔ cups of flour
  • ¼ cup almond meal or finely chopped almonds
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
Glaze Ingredients
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk
  • ⅛th teaspoon almond extract
Make the Crust/Bottom Layer
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add flour, chopped almonds and extract.
  3. Mix well. Batter will be thick and crumbly
  4. Prepare an 8x8 inch baking pan by covering the bottom and sides with 2 pieces of parchment paper cut to fit the width, leaving a slight over hanging over the edges.
  5. Spread crust dough into the bottom of the pan then pat down and into the edges with your fingertips.
  6. Bake crust as 350 F. for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and immediately spread ½ - ¾ cup of peach preserves or your favorite jam over the hot crust.
  8. Set aside while preparing the topping.
Make the Cake batter
  1. Cream butter and sugar together and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Add eggs and extract then beat an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the flour and almond meal, beating on low until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Drop cake batter by the tablespoon over the top of the peach jam.
  5. Using the back of a spoon carefully spread the batter out to the edges of the pan.
  6. Bake at 375 F. for 25-30 minutes or until top is a golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.
  8. Once cool cut into 16 squares.
Make the Glaze
  1. Mix all the ingredients with a whisk until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over top of cooled bars. Allow glaze to set before serving.
These Old Fashioned Peach and Almond Jam Bars are perfect for brunch or along side of your favorite cup of coffee.


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  1. says

    These look amazing – Love that the original recipe was submitted from NJ – where I am. :) Definitely going to try your version out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Carol says

    These were wonderful! Increased preserves to 1 cup like you suggested and used peach juice (from peaches I had in freezer) for milk in the glaze.
    Also used blackberry and strawberry preserves and we liked all. Thanks for a great recipe


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