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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (24)

38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2012
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!
Rating: Unrated
01/30/2011
Leave these poor people alone!! They were only asking! If you don't know, or don't care, about the nutritional information, why respond?
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01/28/2011
I agree , buy the magazines if you want nutritional info .
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Rating: Unrated
01/28/2011
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
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2011
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2011
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.
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Rating: Unrated
01/28/2011
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!
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11/26/2009
These look a bit like fig rolls. :) I'm looking forward to trying them!
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11/21/2009
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.
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11/21/2009
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
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11/18/2009
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?
Rating: Unrated
11/18/2009
Has anyone made these yet? They seem like they'd be a healthier version of a Fig Newton and sound good!
Rating: Unrated
09/17/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/07/2008
Consider the request for nutritional analysis may be for diabetes...
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09/07/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
09/06/2008
based on 30, these have 111 calories and 4.1g fat. Honestly people, just google "recipe calorie counter and find out yourself!
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09/06/2008
Please start putting nutritional info on these recipes. I'd also be more likely to try them...
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09/06/2008
I'd like to see nutrition information, also, especially carb counts. Thanks.
Rating: Unrated
09/05/2008
These bars look healthy, but what are the calories?
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09/05/2008
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?
Rating: Unrated
09/05/2008
WISH YOU'D PUT THE NUTRITIONAL INFO ON THESE RECIPES. I'D BE MORE LIKELY TO TRY THEM.
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09/05/2008
What is the nutritional value of these bars, ie calories, fat, sodium, etc?