Strawberry Filled Oatmeal Bars

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I just returned to Boston last Wednesday evening after a wonderful and relaxing three-week vacation in Minnesota with the family. After such a long trip, I knew Thursday had to be a day of playing “catch-up.” You know what that entails… the ever-exciting unpacking, cleaning, and general restoration of normalcy for the home. 
As I always like to have something sweet on hand for lunches, snacks, etc…the first task on my list was baking some fresh cookies for the cookie jar. However, as I was gathering ingredients for my favorite chocolate chip cookies, I quickly realized that I didn’t have any eggs…fail. After promptly adding eggs to my ever-growing grocery list, I went back to the drawing board. 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 looking through some old church cookbooks of my grandmother’s, (LOVE old cookbooks!) I decided upon this. 
Strawberry Filled Oatmeal Bars.
These little squares of goodness are filled with an ooey-gooey layer of strawberry jam, and topped with a crumbly, oaty, brown-sugary topping (think apple crisp) that is sure to please. Don’t let the short list of ingredients deter you; these bars pack a flavorful punch. When Ryan claimed that he was “craving them all day” after eating one at lunch, and then further declared they were his “new favorite,” I knew I had to share them with you. I hope you enjoy!
Original Post: 1/17/12
Yield: 12 bars
  • 1/2
    cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2
    cup butter, softened
  • 1/2
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 1
    cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4
    teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    cup rolled oats
  • 2/3
    – 3/4 cup strawberry jam (I use 3/4 cup)
  1. Preheat
    oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using
    cooking spray, grease one 9×9 inch pan. (You could also line with greased
    parchment paper.)
  3. In
    a mixer combine all ingredients except butter and strawberry jam until well
  4. Mix
    in softened butter until you have a nice crumbly mixture. 
  5. Press
    about 2/3 of the mixture (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups) into the bottom of the baking
  6. Heat
    jam in the microwave (in a microwave safe dish) for about 20 seconds, then
    stir. This will make step seven MUCH easier.
  7. Spread
    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)  
  8. Sprinkle
    the remaining oat mixture over the top.
  9. Bake
    for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool
    before cutting into bars.