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Linzer Bars

6
6
6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
50 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
30 min
Serves
20
Difficulty
Moderate
This delicate, sponge-cake-like cookie is covered with raspberry jam and topped with a layer of slightly sweetened meringue that turns golden-brown as it cooks.

Ingredients

Reduced-calorie margarine

¼ cup(s), softened

Unpacked brown sugar

½ cup(s)

Egg(s)

1 large

Uncooked egg yolk(s)

2 large

All-purpose flour

1 cup(s)

Fat free skim milk

3 Tbsp

Almond extract

2 tsp

Baking powder

1 tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp

Ground cloves

tsp

Egg white(s)

4 large, at room temperature

Fresh lemon juice

1 tsp

Sugar

½ cup(s)

Jam

1 cup(s), seedless, raspberry

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Lightly coat a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cream margarine in a medium bowl; add brown sugar, beating well. Add next eight ingredients; mix well.
  3. Spread batter evenly into pan (batter will be thin in pan). Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a large bowl at high speed until foamy. Add lemon juice; continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  5. Spread jam over hot crust and then spread egg whites carefully over jam; bake until meringue is golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 20 bars.