1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment so that opposite edges hang over sides of pan.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until combined; add the vanilla and salt. Add flour gradually, mixing until dough just comes together. Pat 2/3 of the dough evenly on the bottom and about 1/4 inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Spread dough with jam, leaving 1/4-inch border. Mix granola into the remaining dough, breaking dough into small bits; distribute crumb mixture on top of the jam. Sprinkle with almonds and bake until lightly browned, about 45 min. cool completely and lift from pan using the parchment; cut into 9 or 12 bars. Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar.
Connie, Vickie, Helen and Sandy - weary of always swapping recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and entertaining -- we decided to post them here. They are mostly southern, as we are -- proudly hailing from Kingsport, Tennessee, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Trevecca Nazarene College.
Butter, mayo, and southern accents are key ingredients. Hope you enjoy - we certainly have!