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Old Fashioned Jam Bars | Vintage Recipe Project



Crust Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond meal or finely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Cake Ingredients

  • 1/23/4 peach preserves or favorite jam
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 2/3 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal or finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 teaspoons milk
  • 1/8th 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 8×8 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 1/2 – 3/4 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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