Fresh Raspberry Bars

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1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 pint (2 cups) fresh raspberries
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 Tbsp. finely shredded lemon peel (zest)
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with a 24-inch-long sheet of aluminum foil, leaving extra foil extending over ends (use this later to lift bars from pan);spray foil with cooking spray, set aside. In a large bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until it just begins to blend and soften slightly, about 30 seconds.
2. Add brown sugar and salt, beat on low speed until incorporated, 30 seconds to 1 minute. You’re not trying to cream it, you’re just mixing it in . With mixer off, add the 2 cups flour. Beat on low speed until flour is incorporated. Increase speed to medium, mix until ingredients form an even, dough “People tend to undermix shortbread, which makes it too crumbly,” . “It’s tough to overmix because of the amount of butter .”
3. Break dough into small chunks and distribute in prepared pan; with your fingers press dough into an even layer Bake 20 minutes or until dough has begun to puff and is just set. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes.
4.Spread jam evenly over crust
5. Sprinkle evenly with raspberries
6. With a lemon zester, remove peel from lemon, making sure to avoid bitter white pith “For the most flavor, you want to do this right before baking,”
7. In a large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Mix in granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon flour until blended. With mixer running, add egg, egg yolk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
8. Pour custard batter evenly over berries Tilt pan back and forth to distribute evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until barely set. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool, about 1 hour; cover and transfer to refrigerator. Chill 2 hours. Top might crack slightly as it cools.
9. Use foil to lift the bars from pan. With a knife or metal spatula, support the sides of the bars while you gently peel the foil downward and away from sides of the bars, cut into squares and enjoy!
These are just fabulous.