Raspberry Jam Bars

I bet you can’t eat just one of these yummy raspberry jam bars! Seedless raspberry jam nestled between a simple shortbread crust and crumble topping, these bars will be a hit no matter what time of year!

A pan of freshly baked raspberry jam squares

Seriously though! These yummy bars are so easy to make, and can work for any season, although they are a stunning and delicious addition for that Christmas Cookie exchange party!

Creating Memories Through Baking

Growing up we were blessed to have a stay-at-home mom, and many days we would come home from school to the smell of something baking in the oven. For some reason when I was baking these, the aroma that filled the kitchen brought me right back to those days!

Maybe it is just that I have been extra nostalgic lately and feeling the need to slow down. It reminded me that the simple act of baking can create a happy life-long memory!

Why not create a memory by recruiting your kids to make a pan of raspberry jam squares! The older kids could easy make these with your supervision or how fun would it be for the littles to add the final touch of sifting powdered sugar all over the top!

raspberry jam bars sliced into squares on a sheet of parchment

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What makes these the best raspberry jam bars?

  • simple ingredients
  • ease of preparation
  • using only one mixing bowl makes for easy clean-up
  • these jam bars are made without oatmeal, which in my opinion make them in a league of their own
  • freeze very well
  • Easy to customize


  • egg yolks (save the whites to make this easy pumpkin spice pavlova)
  • flour
  • butter
  • sugar
  • raspberry jam (or any other jam or preserve that you prefer)
  • chopped nuts (optional)

Ease of preparation

I don’t know about you, but when I am baking I am often a bit impatient for the final result! To make these bars it is just a matter of gathering your ingredients beating all the crust ingredients together, pressing into a pan, spreading on the jam, and crumbling on the topping!

In the words of the Barefoot Contessa herself…how easy is that!

A stack of three raspberry squares, topped with a fresh raspberry and sprinkled with powdered sugar

Easy to Customize

The beauty of jam bars is how easy it is to customize to your liking! While I do enjoy this combination of raspberry jam and walnuts, you really don’t have to add nuts at all! Here are a few other flavour combinations to try.

  • try cherry jam filling and slivered almonds
  • blueberry preserves and top with a drizzle of a simple glaze made by combining confectioners sugar with a bit of water
  • strawberry jam and pecans
  • orange marmalade and macadamia nuts for a bit of a tropical flavour
a raspberry jam bar set on its side to show off the jam filling and crumble top

The one thing I never change is a dusting of confectioners sugar over the top of the bars! Not only does it look pretty, but adds a subtle layer of sweetness to the mix!

They are perfect for gift giving too! I love these window boxes for packaging and sharing my baking with family and friends!

one individual raspberry bar set apart for the others

Oh, one more thing I LOVE about these bars is the edges taste just as good as the centre squares! I love how the jam kind of caramelizes on the edges making it a little extra gooey! Every piece is as good as the next!

Other Recipes You May Like

Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Simple Eggnog Cupcakes

Sweet Marie Bars

Coconut Crusted Key Lime Napoleons

a raspberry jam bar set on its side to show off the jam filling and crumble top

Raspberry Jam Bars

Yield: 16-20 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes 30 seconds
Total Time: 45 minutes 30 seconds

These raspberry jam squares feature seedless raspberry jam layered between a shortbread like crust and crumble. Topped with chopped nuts and confectioners sugar. Easily customize them to your liking using whatever jams and nuts you prefer.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes on med-high speed.
  3. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing between each addition.
  4. Press 1 1/2 cups of the dough into the parchment lined baking pan, spread the jam on top. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top of the jam and pat down lightly. Sprinkle with nuts.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the crumble on top is golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. When completely cooled, lift out of the pan using the parchment paper.
  7. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cut evenly into 20 squares or 16 for larger portions.


Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or wrap well and store in the freezer for up to three months.

Raspberry jam bars layered on parchment paper

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    1. Oh goodness, my apologies! Thank you for pointing that out! It is 1/2 cup of seedless raspberry jam. I have made the correction in the recipe.