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fruity oatmeal bars

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Laurie Lenartowicz
Livingston, TN

These bars are so yummy! They have a great buttery crunch which is not too sweet. The raspberry jam adds just the right combination of sweet and tart. You can serve them as a dessert with coffee, after school snack or as part of a holiday cookie tray. Make sure that they are completely cool before cutting.

★★★★★ 2
serves 18
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min

Ingredients For fruity oatmeal bars

  • 2 c
    dry rolled oats
  • 2 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
    softened butter
  • 13 oz
    jar seedless raspberry, blackberry or peach preserves.

How To Make fruity oatmeal bars

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil generously with non-stick baking spray.
  • 2
    In a medium bowl, stir together the first 6 dry ingredients.
  • 3
    Mix the softened butter in with your hands. Press 4 cups of the cookie mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
  • 4
    Spread the preserves over the oatmeal crust in the baking sheet. Leave about 1/4" along the edges. Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal crumbs on top of the preserves and press down lightly.
  • 5
    Bake the cookie bars for about 40 minutes until the edges and top are lightly browned. Remove pan to a cooling rack for 2-3 hours until firm and completely cooled.
  • 6
    Carefully take the cookie out of the pan using the foil to gently lift. Place the cooled cookie on a cutting board. Using a large knife sprayed with cooking spray, cut into 18 small pieces or desired shapes and sizes. Peel foil from bottom.
  • 7
    Store covered in a cool dry place.

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