London Bars

Bars and Squares
Christmas Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar raspberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour, blending well.

Press mixture into a lightly greased 15x10x1 inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 350° for25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool in pan. Spread raspberry preserves over baked crust.

Beat egg whites (at room temperature) in a medium mixing bowl until foamy. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in vanilla. Spread meringue over preserves. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; cut into 2×1 inch bars with a warm knife. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

Yield: about 6 dozen.


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