Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Serves: 12

These are perfectly delicious, partly because they’re so ridiculously simple to make!

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1 3/4 stick 1-3/4 cold butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cup 1-1/2 all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup 1-1/2 oats (quick or regular)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jar (10 to 12 ounce) strawberry preserves


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 10 baking dish.

Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight. Spoon strawberry preserves evenly over the surface, then use a dinner knife to carefully spread it around. Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.

Bake until light golden brown on top, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.

When cool, cut into squares and serve. Yum!


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