Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This recipe pits daughter against Mother. Sarah has a jam bar recipe as well ... and the winner is?

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease 13x9 inch pan.
  2. Mix butter or margarine, sugar, vanilla, egg in medium bowl with hand mixer. Don’t over mix.
  3. Stir in flour and baking powder until dough forms.
  4. Pat evenly into pan.
  5. Spread jam or jelly on top of dough.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Top with powder sugar glaze.
Most Helpful

These are super good. I thought that these tasted like the thumbprint cookies that I make for Christmas. But these are much easier. I used one cup of freezer jam and that just enough. I will be making these again. I'm thinking of making them for Valentine's day and using a heart cookie cutter to cut them with after they are completely cool.

cookee monster January 20, 2010

These are very good jam bars! I've never had jam bars before but these are just wonderful. I used a very good quality triple berry jam and baked mine for 25 minutes. I think they would have been better at 20 minutes but it's hard to tell with the jam over it. I used a little over 3/4 cup jam to cover the whole crust. My family loved them and they were gone in no time! Thanks for sharing. Made for Gimme 5 tag.

Lainey6605 October 10, 2009

These were wonderful. I had never had jam bars before. I loved the buttery cookie part, and used homemade muscodine grape jelly. I didn't do the glaze because I didn't have any powdered sugar on hand. I will do that next time. I'm thinking I will try them with plum jam or orange marmalade. Yum! Thanks!

SuzTheQ April 22, 2007