Paula's StoryI created this recipe one day after coming home from a long vacation and realizing that I didn't have any eggs with which to bake. I knew I had butter, sugar and old-fashioned oats on hand, so I started brainstorming on what I could create with those simple ingredients. After playing around with my one of my grandmother's old recipes for date bars, this is what I came up with. These little squares of goodness are filled with an ooey-gooey layer of strawberry jam, and topped with a crumbly, oaty, brown-sugary topping that is sure to please. I hope you enjoy!
light brown sugar - firmly packed
salted butter - softened
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all purpose flour
old fashioned oats
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1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2Using cooking spray, grease one 9x9 inch pan. (You could also line with greased parchment paper.)
3In a mixer combine all ingredients except butter and strawberry jam until well combined.
4Mix in softened butter until you have a nice crumbly mixture.
5Press about 2/3 of the mixture (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups) into the bottom of the baking dish.
6Heat jam in the microwave (in a microwave safe dish) for about 20 seconds, then stir. This will make step seven MUCH easier.
7Spread the strawberry jam evenly over the top, allowing room for a small border of oats at the edge. (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch)
8Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the top.
9Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.