almond-jam crumb bars + sunchowder’s emporia giveaway

December 6, 2012

in Bars & Bites

Crumb bars. I just can’t get enough of them. When berries and stone fruit are at their summer peak, I use fresh fruit in my bars. During the winter, I prefer to use jam. I recently discovered Sunchowder’s Emporia and I’ve fallen for their handcrafted jams. I love blackberries with Chambord, so I couldn’t wait to taste the blackberry Chambord jam. Filled with whole blackberries, the jam is the perfect level of sweetness with nice balance from the addition of lemon zest and juice. After one delicious spoonful, I was ready to bake.

These thick and buttery almond-spiked bars are incredible; you’ll be chasing after each crumb! Feel free to use any flavor jam you like. For a chance to win a set of two jams, see the giveaway details below the recipe.

Almond-Jam Crumb Bars
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup blackberry Chambord jam

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and almond extract. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in almonds; dough will be crumbly. Reserve 1 cup dough for topping; use a sheet of parchment to press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish.

Place jam in a small bowl and microwave briefly (about 10 seconds); whisk to loosen. Use a small spatula or the back of a spoon to gently spread jam over dough. Toss remaining dough with 2 teaspoons water to form large crumbs; sprinkle over jam filling. Bake until top is golden, about 23 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish on a rack, then cut into bars with a sharp knife.

Yield – 12 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 208
Carbs – 30

Giveaway Details:
Sunchowder’s Emporia has offered to give away one jam gift box with two 8-ounce jars. This contest is open to US Residents.

To Enter:
Visit Sunchowder’s Emporia and leave a comment telling me your favorite flavor.

Extra entries: Do one or all of the following, and leave separate comments for each:
1. Become a fan of Tutti Dolci and Sunchowder’s Emporia on Facebook.
2. Follow @Tutti_Dolci and @Sunchowder on Twitter.

Good luck! Entries/comments accepted until Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

Disclosure: Sunchowder’s Emporia generously provided me with two jars of jam for recipe development. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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80 Comments

1 Lizzy December 6, 2012

Oh Laura, how beautiful! The crumb bars look delicious and so simple to make! And the Sunchowder’s Emporia jars and packaging… such a lovely gift. Thank you for sharing! xo

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2 kristy @ the wicked noodle December 6, 2012

This is my friend Wendy’s company!! She is the most lovely person. I met her last year at IFBC and every time our paths crossed I would get the biggest smile; she’s just that kind of a person. She had her jams out for our breakfast and everyone was raving about them. So fun to see what a small world it is!

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3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 6, 2012

I am boring and have to say strawberry – but their peach lavender sounds great too!
Your bars look incredible!

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4 Valerie December 6, 2012

Laura, I Love these photos!! (And the bars too, of course!) You’ve put me in the crumb bar-making mood! :D

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5 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 6, 2012

These bars look scrumptious! Thank you for introducing me to Sunchowder’s Emporia. Their Pinacolada Jam sounds out-of-this-world delicious!

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6 Robin Chesser December 6, 2012

The Blackberry Chambord is looking scrumptious!

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7 Robin Chesser December 6, 2012

I already follow Sunchowder on Twitter.

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8 Robin Chesser December 6, 2012

I liked Tutti-Dolci on Facebook.

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9 Lara December 6, 2012

I think the pineapple tangerine sounds delightful!

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10 Leigh Ann December 6, 2012

The Blackberry Chambord Jam looks like a dream come true & possibly too good for just toast.

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11 Liz December 6, 2012

Oh, these bars look marvelous! And blackberry is one of my favorite jams…I’d love one made with Chambord…mmmm.

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12 Rachelle S. December 6, 2012

Blueberry DiSaronno! Chambord is great and all, but amaretto? In jam? Sign me up!

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13 Amy December 6, 2012

Raspberry Chocolate Jam sounds divine!!

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14 sara December 6, 2012

my favorite flavor is pineapple tangerine!

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15 Carol December 6, 2012

Blackberry chambord jam – too delicious! And thank you for the yummy recipe for the crumb-bars. Can’t wait to make these for the holidays.

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16 Elin December 6, 2012

Raspberry chocolate sounds heavenly!

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17 Jen @ Savory Simple December 6, 2012

These crumb bars sounded fabulous! And I’m so intrigued by the jalapeno apricot and wildflower honey. I mean wow!

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18 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 6, 2012

Raspberry chocolate and Spiced Pear Butter. . Wow! Love all the flavors!!!

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19 Jen @ Savory Simple December 6, 2012

I am a FB fan of both pages!

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20 Jen @ Savory Simple December 6, 2012

I follow you both on Twitter!

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21 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 6, 2012

I am fans of both Tutti Dolci and Sunchowder’s Emporia on Facebook.

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22 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 6, 2012

Now following both @Tutti_Dolci and @Sunchowder on Twitter. :)

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23 Deb December 6, 2012

All the flavors look delicious but I would choose Blueberry Disaronno.
Love your recipe!

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24 Laura @ Family Spice December 6, 2012

I feel like breaking out into song. Jam? Crumb bars? “These are a few of my fav-o-rite things!!!”

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25 Marina@Picnic at Marina December 6, 2012

What a collection of jams is there! hard to choose, but it has to be Blueberry DiSaronno Jam: blueberries, lemon zest and DiSaronno is a dream! Let me win! :)

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26 Andreea December 6, 2012

I am intrigued by the raspberry chocolate jam!

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27 Mercedes December 6, 2012

These bars are making me drool! I bet the almond flavor together with that jam is just wonderful! The flavor I would most like to try is the Blueberry DiSaronno!

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28 Mercedes December 6, 2012

I follow you both on Twitter!

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29 Lora @cakeduchess December 6, 2012

I’ve yet to taste Wendy’s jams and I would love to very soon:)These bars look fantastic and I would love a bite now:)

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30 Rosa December 7, 2012

Lovely old-fashioned bars! So delicious looking.

Cheers,

Rosa

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31 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 7, 2012

That blackberry chambord jam sounds amazing!

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32 Erin M. December 7, 2012

The Pinacolada jam and spiced pear butter sound great!

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33 Kate@Diethood December 7, 2012

These crumb bars are beautiful! I also love the flavor combo of almond and blackberry jam… so wintery and cozy! :)

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34 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking December 7, 2012

I’d love to try the pina colada one. Sounds great!

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35 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking December 7, 2012

I like Tutti Dolci on Facebook

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36 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking December 7, 2012

I follow you on twitter

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37 Kate December 7, 2012

Raspberry chocolate jam sounds fantastic!

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38 Kate December 7, 2012

I like you both on FB.

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39 Krys December 7, 2012

The Blackberry Chambord looks divine.

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40 Marcia December 7, 2012

The Blueberry DiSaronno sounds amazing…..

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41 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} December 7, 2012

I’d like to try the Jalapeno Apricot and Wildflower Honey Jam. Mmmm!

I saw your crumb bars on Facebook first and just drooled over them. I need to make this one. Pretty easy recipe, too! :)

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42 Marcia December 7, 2012

I like Tutti-Dolci on Facebook.

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43 Marcia December 7, 2012

I like Sunchowders Emporia on Facebook.

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44 Patty December 7, 2012

Beautiful jam filled crumb bars- I have a soft spot for these kinds of sweet bar cookies;-) The jams look fantastic-love the packaging;-)

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45 The Café Sucré Farine December 7, 2012

Laura, I’m with you with crumb bars. They’re so delicious and so versatile. I just made some with cranberries and orange marmalade, quite yummy too! Love the almond extract and sliced almonds in yours!

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46 Deb December 7, 2012

It is a treat to see such a tasty recipe that uses jam. Jam is so much more than a topping to toast! The contrast of the deep hued jam and the buttery cookie is sublime! I vote for pear butter, but raspberry chocolate sounds like a holiday trapped in a jar!

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47 Dianne Shaw December 7, 2012

I am a fan of Tutti Dolci on Facebook

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48 Dianne Shaw December 7, 2012

I am a fan of Sunchowders Emporia on Facebook

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49 Dianne Shaw December 7, 2012

A lot of good flavors, but I think I would like the blackberry chambord jam.

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50 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 7, 2012

Oh how good do these look? These are things where when you get ready for bed and take your bra off, you look for leftovers. :) maybe.

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51 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) December 7, 2012

Can I really only pick one favorite? :) I love them all. But if I must choose, I’ll go for the Raspberry Chocolate because it’s the combination that I used for my birthday last year (I believe Chambord was in the mix, too).

I love your creative crumb bar recipes. This one sounds just as wonderful as the rest. :)

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52 suzanne Perazzini December 7, 2012

I’m not elligible for the contest but I love your bars.

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53 Natalie J Vandenberghe December 7, 2012

Strawberry Jam is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

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54 Natalie J Vandenberghe December 7, 2012

I like you both on Facebook

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55 Natalie J Vandenberghe December 7, 2012

@Lexiquin follows you both on Twitter

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56 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings December 7, 2012

I’m NOT a US resident, so I’m exempt from the contest :( Just wanted to tell you, though, that I love crumb bars as well. But believe it or not…I have never tried baking them!!! Shocking, I know!

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57 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings December 7, 2012

By the way, I LOVE anything with blackberries!

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58 Helena / Rico sin Azúcar December 8, 2012

Yum, I love these bars! I made them once myself (with strawberry jam) and were delicious! Perfect for coffee break ;-)

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59 Marianne Dunne December 8, 2012

My favorite flavor is definitely the Raspberry Chocolate Jam. Heaven…

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60 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 8, 2012

I am in love with this crumb bar! Just wish that I had a few in front of me right now while enjoying a cup of coffee! DELISH!!!

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61 Karen (Back Road Journal) December 8, 2012

Your bars look beautiful and sound delicious. With so many flavors it would be almost impossible to choose just one. The blueberry sounds wonderful and does the apricot with jalapeño.

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62 Carolsue December 8, 2012

Raspberry Cointreau Jam sounds good!

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63 Carolsue December 8, 2012

I am a fan of Tutti Dolci and Sunchowder’s Emporia on Facebook.
Carolsue Anderson

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64 Carolsue December 8, 2012

I follow @Tutti_Dolci and @Sunchowder on Twitter as MsCarolsueA

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65 Elizabeth T December 8, 2012

Oh my! The Raspberry Chocolate Jam sounds divine!

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66 Kristin December 8, 2012

OH! I’d love to try the pina colada and the tangerine ginger jams! They sound sooooo good!!!

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67 Kristin December 8, 2012

I’m following you on Twitter!

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68 Kristin December 8, 2012

I’m following Wendy Read on Twitter too!

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69 Kristin December 8, 2012

I like your page on Facebook!

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70 Leah December 8, 2012

I love mango apple chutney!

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71 Randi Lynne December 8, 2012

Tangerine Ginger Rum. Made raspberry and blueberry jam this weekend.

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72 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 8, 2012

I really love and only buy quality jam. There are so many interesting combination jam on Sunchowders. But I have to pick my favorite blueberry for sure. But if I’m allow to pick one more, I want to taste that pineapple tangerine. That’s something new and I love both fruits. :) I have all the ingredients and I’m tempted to make these… Your photos are so convincing and you know me, I am reluctant to bake… your photos are very powerful! :D

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73 karen December 8, 2012

Raspberry chocolate! YUM!
karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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74 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 9, 2012

Wow, these bars are just stunning! And that blackberry jam is just the perfect “filling.” I wish I could have a couple of these for breakfast!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway as well! My favorite has to be the Jalapeno Apricot and Wildflower Honey Jam – YUM!

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75 Liren December 9, 2012

Did you say Chambord? That sounds so good in a blackberry jam – and in these crumb bars! They look perfect and I wish I could have a piece with a strong cup of coffee :)

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76 Thuy December 9, 2012

It’s not listed on their website but I’ve been such a fan of their Tomato Jam. I buy it at the local farmer’s market here in Orlando and it’s amazing!

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77 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers December 12, 2012

It’s a shame that I cannot join but just the same, I love the crumb bars.

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78 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks December 12, 2012

Oh my gosh, these look so scrumptious! I just love anything with a crumb topping!

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79 tanja@tanjascookingcorner December 13, 2012

Lovely old-fashioned crumb bars, absolutely love them! :)

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80 Magic of Spice December 13, 2012

Your bars look wonderful Laura! So sorry I missed your giveaway :(

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