The addition of almond meal in these sweet-and-tart raspberry bars makes them super-tender and addictive.
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2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups almond meal
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
Pinch of salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/4 cups raspberry jam (15 ounces)
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the Crust
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving 2 inches of overhang on the long sides; lightly coat the foil with baking spray.
Step 2 Make the Crust
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium speed until pale yellow and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the side of the bowl and beat in the egg, then beat in the almond meal, flour, oats and salt just until the dough comes together. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Step 3 Meanwhile, Make the Topping
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the brown sugar, salt and orange zest on medium speed until well combined. Add the oats and beat until incorporated. Press the oat topping into clumps.
Step 4 Meanwhile, Make the Topping
Spread the jam evenly over the chilled crust and cover with the oat topping. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
Step 5 Meanwhile, Make the Topping
Bake the bars for 15 minutes, until the topping just starts to brown. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°. Bake for about 25 minutes longer, until the center is just set and the topping is golden. Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool completely. Pull the long sides of the foil to remove the bar from the pan. Cut into bars and serve.
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