Peach Streusel Bars

  • cookie photo2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 12-ounce jar peach preserves
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9- by 9- by 2-inch square pan.

Combine flour, sugar, lemon rind, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup. Pat remaining mixture evenly into prepared pan.

Spread preserves evenly over dough, leaving 1/4-inch border around edge. Sprinkle with reserved flour mixture.

Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bite-sized bars. Store for up to 1 week in air-tight container.

Makes 16 bars.

Source: Marion Haupt, Zephyrhills.

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