Peach Almond Linzer Shortbread Bars

Over the summer I spend a little time making sugar free and reduced sugar jams for the coming year. This year I ended up with an abundance of peach, peach/orange, strawberry and blueberry. With the hard work out of the way I then spend the rest of the year trying to figure out how to use them up. One of my favorite ways is to incorporate the jam into these shortbread bars. I’ve made changes to the original shortbread recipe over the year to cut back on some of the butter and replaced a portion of the flour with¬† almond flour. It gives the cookie bars a nice almond taste to them. Since nuts is the theme for the The Recipe ReDux this month, which happens to fall on National Nut Day (October 22nd), I figured this was a great time to make a batch.

Peach Almond Linzer Shortbread Bars

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Peach Almond Linzer Shortbread Bars
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Serves: 16 bars
 
For this recipe I used a one pint jar of sugar free peach jam. You can replace it with a cup of your favorite jam or even fruit butter. Choose something thick. Jellies are thinner in consistency and don't seem to work as well because they become watery when cooked.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 2 sticks of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup Splenda or confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar free jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 13 by 9 inch pan with non stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour, almond flour, Splenda or confectioners sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Work the two sticks of butter/margarine into the flour with your fingers until large clumps form.
  5. Pres ⅔ of the dough into the prepared pan.
  6. Spread the jam over the top.
  7. Crumble the remaining portion of dough over the top.
  8. Bake for 4o minutes or until lightly browned.

WLS Tips: While this recipe has been modified to contain less sugar and fat than the original recipe it is still a dessert and can still cause dumping. Don’t over indulge and remain mindful of your portion size.

Interested in seeing what other dietitians are cooking up for National Nut Day? Why not check out these other great recipes:

One Response to Peach Almond Linzer Shortbread Bars

  1. These look so yummy! And great to know they can be made with Splenda to keep the sugar down!