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Strawberry Shortbread Bars

These Strawberry Shortbread Bars are the easy version of a thumbprint cookie! They’re buttery, filled with sweet jam and a little sugar glaze drizzle!

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Some people love a fruit dessert, others not so much. I generally fall into the latter category, but I will take exception with these bars. I mean, let’s be honest…they are mostly a buttery shortbread with a quick spread of strawberry jam on the inside…so we’re not talking health food. But that tartness from the strawberries is the perfect compliment to the cookie base.

This time of year thumbprint cookies are everywhere…and while I enjoy them, this recipe is a HUGE time saver. Bake everything in one pan and bing-bang-boom you’re done. I’m sorry for saying bing-bang-boom.

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

I am always about a bar cookie and this one is no different. Plus, I don’t use a mixer when I make these, so less mess to clean up!

Just whisk together the dry ingredients…

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

And then add in your butter, egg and vanilla…

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

I know that picture looks all civilized with the pastry cutter, but full disclosure I usually just get right in there with my hands.

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Press half of the dough into a pan and top with strawberry jam. And in advance yes, you can use other flavors of jam and no, you can’t use fresh fruit.

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Oh so pretty…

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Now top it with the extra dough…

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Bake it up until it’s lightly golden and the jam is bubbly. Go ahead and let them cool completely and drizzle with a simple sugar glaze if you want!

The recipe for the glaze uses heavy cream. Yes, you can use milk instead but start with just one tablespoon of milk as it is thinner than cream!

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

These are a stunner, but so simple. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Shortbread Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 pan with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Add in the egg, butter, and vanilla and combine with a pastry cutter, or your hands until the dough comes together.
  3. Divide the dough in half and press one half into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Spread the strawberry jam on top. Crumble the remaining dough onto the top of the jam.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Allow to cool completely.

Glaze

  1. Whisk powdered sugar and cream together and drizzle on top.

Notes

I put the glaze in a small zip-top bag and snip off the corner, to make for easy icing.

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57 comments on “Strawberry Shortbread Bars”

  1. Cathy mcewen

    I’d like to add sliced banana and crushed pineapple on top of the jam for a banana split square. Would that work?

  2. Laura Ritchie

    Excellent recipe . This is the second time I made the recipe, but I am using fig jam….because that is what I have. It just came out of the oven and it looks Great. I do not cook the full 40 minutes. I take it out when it browns around the edges.

  3. Gert B Frobe

    These are amazing! About to make again for the 4th time! I’ve used strawberry preserves, cherry jam, and now raspberry jam. These are always a hit when I make them for a party, and I have to hide a few if I want leftovers.

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