Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
This delicate, sponge-cake-like Linzer Bars treat is covered with a layer of raspberry jam and topped with a layer of slightly sweetened meringue that turns golden-brown as it cooks.
1/4 cup reduced calorie margarine, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons fat free milk
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup raspberry seedless jam
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Cream margarine in a medium bowl; add brown sugar, beating well. Add next eight ingredients; mix well.
Spread batter evenly into pan (batter will be thin in pan). Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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.
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.
Recipe makes 20 servings Linzer Bars.
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