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Whole-Wheat Bars with Raspberry Jam

These soft bars filled with raspberry jam are more virtuous than many coffee-break treats. Applesauce gives the cookies a cakelike texture; whole-wheat flour and wheat bran add wholesome notes. Lemon zest balances the sweetness of the berry jam.

  • yield: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup raspberry jam

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Whisk together flours, bran, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside. Put brown sugar and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Beat in butter until fluffy. Beat in egg until pale and smooth. Reduce speed to low. Mix in the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the applesauce. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out 1 piece of dough between 2 lightly floured sheets of parchment to a 9 1/2-by-11 1/2-inch rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. If dough becomes too soft, refrigerate until firm. Remove top piece of parchment. Trim dough 1/2 inch on all sides. Transfer rectangle on parchment to a baking sheet.

  3. Step 3

    Cut rectangle in half lengthwise. Spread 1/4 cup jam down half of each length, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold dough over; pinch to seal. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. Repeat with remaining chilled dough and jam.

  4. Step 4

    Cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-wide bars, but do not separate until after baking. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack. Bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2005

Reviews (24)

  • 1 Feb, 2012

    I have actually made them and they are delicious! They remind me a lot of Nutrigrain bars. I split the dough in half and made half with strawberry and half with cherry and they were awesome. My boyfriend loved them. In fact, I'm making more tonight!

  • 30 Jan, 2011

    Leave these poor people alone!! They were only asking! If you don't know, or don't care, about the nutritional information, why respond?

  • 28 Jan, 2011

    I agree , buy the magazines if you want nutritional info .

  • 28 Jan, 2011

    I read the comment section mainly for reactions of those who have made
    the recipe fpr any suggestions for any changes needed such as baking
    times or an ingredient change, NOT to constantly have to wade through
    pleas for nutritional info. Cookies are treats, not basic food necessary
    for existence. Martha's site offers daily recipes for you to try or not.
    And the sit e is FREE. Use common sense. Mykele

  • 28 Jan, 2011

    So I was wondering if anyones actually tried these and can put up a valid comment on the helpful stuff instead of just about nutritional value. Im debating on whether to try them or not and any advice would be appreciated. If your that worried about nutrition look it up on an analyzing site yourself and dont just add another pointless comment.

  • 28 Jan, 2011

    For those of you that are worried and on Weight Watchers, these cookies are 3 points each, however I agree with a previous review. If you are so freaked out about the nutritional value and won't bother to figure it out, DON'T MAKE OR EAT THEM! Sheesh! It's a cookie for goodness sake.

  • 28 Jan, 2011

    I, for one, love the daily cookie recipes! Though not all appeal to my tastes, there are many that I have made, shared, and enjoyed with family and friends! Thanks, MSL!

  • 26 Nov, 2009

    These look a bit like fig rolls. :) I'm looking forward to trying them!

  • 21 Nov, 2009

    Mykele, you're not being shunned. There's something wrong with the comments function. I don't really expect this one to get through, because none of mine have for months.

  • 21 Nov, 2009

    Too bad that this site does not take valid comments, I have tried 4
    times to give a bit of advice.but this too will be shunned I am sure

  • 18 Nov, 2009

    1. It's a COOKIE with 10 TBSP of butter. How healthy can you expect it to be?
    2. Maybe one of you could be a good Samaritan, find an online recipe calculator, and post the nutritional info for the everybody?

  • 18 Nov, 2009

    Has anyone made these yet? They seem like they'd be a healthier version of a Fig Newton and sound good!

  • 17 Sep, 2008

    The recipes are provided as a service from Marth Stewart online; it's not that difficult to purchase software or look online for free recipe calculators that can help determine nutritional value. If MS online were promoting the cookies (and other recipes) as part of an diet plan then yes, they should be analyzed for nutritonal content. However, it is not their responsibility. You eat what you want to eat; if it bothers you, don't make them. It's your responsibility what goes in your mouth.

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    I'm getting more frustrated with this site. I am suspect of any site that does not include nutritional information on recipes. Sure I can do the calculations (and I do) - but the point of having an online experience is partly for convenience. I no longer buy cookbooks without nutritional information.

  • 16 Sep, 2008

    I'm getting more frustrated with this site. I am suspect of any site that does not include nutritional information on recipes. Sure I can do the calculations (and I do) - but the point of having an online experience is partly for convenience. I no longer buy cookbooks without nutritional information.

  • 7 Sep, 2008

    Consider the request for nutritional analysis may be for diabetes...

  • 7 Sep, 2008

    I understand wanting to lose weight and worry about nutrition. You are losing the point of the wholet hing. It's a cookie, it is not the best diet choice , it is not the best choice ifor a vitamin addict, it's just a cookie, to reward yourself with. Why count calories/carbs/vitamin c, just eat it ,savor the sweetness of life and watch your calories/carbs after. Life is short but deserves the sweetness only a cookie can give.

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    based on 30, these have 111 calories and 4.1g fat. Honestly people, just google "recipe calorie counter and find out yourself!

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Please start putting nutritional info on these recipes. I'd also be more likely to try them...

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    I'd like to see nutrition information, also, especially carb counts. Thanks.

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    These bars look healthy, but what are the calories?

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    I'd like to make these easpberry bars but I am wondering if I could use oat flour instead of wheat flour and also leave out the wheat bran...would it still eork?

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    WISH YOU'D PUT THE NUTRITIONAL INFO ON THESE RECIPES. I'D BE MORE LIKELY TO TRY THEM.

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    What is the nutritional value of these bars, ie calories, fat, sodium, etc?