3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; cut in shortening until crumbly. In another bowl, whisk egg and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, stirring with a fork until crumbly.
2. Reserve 2-1/2 cups crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
3. Toss peaches with almond extract. In another bowl, mix cornstarch and remaining sugar; add to peaches and toss to coat. Spread over crust; sprinkle with reserved topping.
4. Bake until lightly browned and filling is bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
YIELD: 2 dozen.
1 bar: 207 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.