Old World Raspberry Bar Cookies

2-1/4 cupsflour
1 cupsugar
1 cupchopped pecans
1 cup (2 sticks)unsalted butter
1 jar (10 ounces)raspberry preserves


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except raspberry preserves. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Remove 1-1/2 cups of dough and set aside for the topping.

3. Press remaining mixture on bottom of greased 8-inch square baking pan. Spread preserves to within 1/2 -inch of the edges. Crumble reserved dough mixture over preserves.

4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until lightly browned.

5. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

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