Monday, September 22, 2014

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Somehow I found a recipe for Ree Drummond's Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. I did not have any strawberry jam so I made raspberry  bars.  They were REALLY GOOD and went down well with all the kids as well as Dear One. 

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
1 3/4 sticks melted butter (USE BUTTER!)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10-12 ounces raspberry jam, preferably seedless!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9 by 13 inch pan very well.

Mix together the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter in a 3-quart mixing bowl.  Stir with a wooden spoon until completely mixed then press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the greased pan.  Spread the raspberry jam carefully and evenly over the top of the pressed crumbs.  Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture over the top of the jam and gently press down so the crumbs make good contact with the jam.

Bake until lightly browned, 30-40 minutes.  Check often after 30 minutes.  Burned jam is rather nasty.  When COMPLETELY COOL, cut into small squares and stand back!  They are likely to be consumed within moments...

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