June 21, 2013

Raspberry-Almond Bars {& a New Blog Design}


While these scrumptious Raspberry-Almond Bars are not new to me ... they're one of my all-time absolute favorites ... there is something 'round here that is new to me.  Have you noticed??  Well, let me give you a little hint ... The Kitchen is My Playground has a completely new design!  {Okay, so maybe that was more like a big hint.}

Thanks to my bloggy friend Vanessa, of Nifty Thrifty Things,  this week The Kitchen is My Playground went from:


And I love it.  Vanessa did an amazing job 'interpreting' my style and putting it into a blog design.  Thank you, thank you a million thank you's to Vanessa!  Now, if you're not familiar with Vanessa's blog, I recommend paying her a visit at  Nifty Thrifty Things!  While I love, love, love the new design she created for me, her blog design remains my all-time favorite.  I adore it.

Hmmmm ... but maybe not as much as I adore these Raspberry-Almond Bars, oozing with raspberry preserves tucked inside crumbly almond-spiked oat-based dough.  I'll have to give that some thought ...


And while we're talking about new things, have you visited the new recipe sharing site RecipeZazz?

No?  Well, pop on over and check them out!  RecipeZazz is a recipe sharing community site that allows you to join and share your recipes, or to search for recipes of interest by course, ingredient, type of cuisine, specialty diet ... and oh, by so many more ways.  Stumped for what to have for dinner? ... Give RecipeZazz a try for ideas!  {After checking out The Kitchen is My Playground's Recipe Index, that is ... of course!}

Now, I think I'll get back to this platter of sweet-treat Raspberry-Almond Bars.  Care to join me?

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Raspberry-Almond Bars
Source:  My Mom ... and I have no idea where she got the recipe!



Ingredients
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 c. raspberry preserves
  • 1/3 c. sliced almonds
Directions
  1. Line an 8" or 9" square baking pan with foil; lightly grease foil.
  2. Combine flour, oats, and sugar in a large bowl. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in almond extract.
  3. Reserve about 1 cup of the oat mixture. Press the rest of the oat mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Spread raspberry preserves over the top of the of the pressed oat mixture, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges. Mix almonds with reserved oat mixture; sprinkle evenly over preserves and press down gently.
  5. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until edges are golden. Cool in pan.
  6. Lift by edges of the foil onto a cutting board and cut into small bars.

11 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new design! It looks gorgeous. As do these raspberry almond bars. Raspberry and almond has to be one of my all-time favorite pairings. Yum!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! ... I'm lovin' the pink and gray color scheme. Thank you for stopping by today. I know I can always count on your for a sweet comment!

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  2. Looking good :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. These look delicious! I have a similar recipe that uses fresh apple slices in between the bar layers: http://taplatt.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/recipe-apple-oat-crumble-bars/

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  4. THese look so good, Tracey! And I love your new design. :) Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned and sharing on Facebook tomorrow!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. Thank you, thank you, Julie! I appreciate the Pin and FB share ... and love joining in on your party every Monday.

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  5. Love the new design and these look so yummy!

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  6. Beautiful new design! Somehow you fit everything onto the screen without making it look crowded or distracting. The muted text colors help make your wonderful photos really stand out. No wonder you are happy! I can think of a number of people who will be happy with these bars!

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words, Wendy! I think Vanessa of Nifty Thrifty Things did a fabulous job with the color scheme to really make the photos pop. She's amazing!

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  7. Really great design, it's it's clean & pretty! Great bars too, love raspberry bars...yum!

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