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Vegan and Gluten-Free Fruit and Almond Shortbread Bars

Vegan and Gluten-Free Fruit and Almond Shortbread Bars
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
10 min
YIELDS
16 servings

Golden vegan shortbread filled with fruit preserves and topped with sliced almonds.

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Ingredients

2
sticks (1 cup) vegan butter or margarine (we like Earth Balance)
½
cup sugar
½
tsp pure vanilla extract
½
tsp almond extract
1
cup almond flour
½
cup white rice flour
½
cup potato starch
¼
tsp kosher salt
1
cup fruit preserves
Sliced almonds, for topping
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Directions

Notes

Cook's NoteTo make in a non-GF/vegan version, use regular butter and substitute equal amounts all-purpose flour for the rice flour and potato starch.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan.

Step 2

With a hand or stand mixer, beat the vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and almond extracts.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, mix the flours, starch, and salt.

Step 4

Add the dry ingredients to the “butter” mixture and mix until just incorporated.

Step 5

Press two-thirds of the dough into the pan and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the crust is pale light brown. Remove it from the oven.

Step 6

When the pan has cooled enough to handle, spread the preserves evenly over the crust.

Step 7

Break the remaining dough into little tiny pieces and drop them evenly over the jam. Top with the almonds.

Step 8

Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is a nice golden brown.

Step 9

Cut into bars and serve immediately, while still warm, or store them in the refrigerator.

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