Star-Spangled Banner Bars

Star-Spangled Banner Bars
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  1. 1 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 2/3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 3 tablespoons seedless blackberry jam or grape jelly
  8. 3/4 cup seedless strawberry jam or red currant jelly
  9. Powdered sugar, if desired
  1. 1 Heat oven to 350°. Grease bottom and sides of jelly roll pan, 15
  2. 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch, with shortening. Mix granulated sugar, butter,
  3. vanilla and eggs in medium bowl with spoon. Stir in flour and baking
  4. powder until dough forms. Reserve 1/4 cup dough; cover and
  5. refrigerate. Pat remaining dough evenly in pan, using floured hands.
  6. 2 To make flag design, mark a 6x5-inch outline in upper left corner
  7. of pan, using toothpick, for "star" area. Spread blackberry jam over 6x5-
  8. inch area. Starting 1/4 inch from top of "flag" (long side of pan), mark
  9. stripes by pressing 1/2-inch-wide and 1/4-inch-deep groove into dough
  10. with end of wooden spoon or finger. Make 7 more grooves, each about
  11. 3/4 inch apart. Place strawberry jam in resealable plastic food-storage
  12. bag; cut off tip. Squeeze jam into grooves.
  13. 3 Pat reserved dough to 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured
  14. surface. Cut with small star-shaped cutter. Place stars on blackberry
  15. jam.
  16. 4 Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely,
  17. about 1 hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For bars, cut into 8 rows
  18. by 7 rows.