Last night, I baked this dessert – Oatmeal Jam Bars. These can be whipped up in a jiffy and I always have the ingredients on hand.
Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, and rolled oats. Cut in the butter.
Press 2 cups of the mixture into the pan. Spread jam on top, leaving a 1/4″ margin between jam and edge of pan. (Jam that gets to the edge of the pan will burn.) I used blurry grape jam tonight because that’s what I had. Blurry grape jam pictures. I have also used raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and marmalade. You use what you like! Also, use between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup of jam. I prefer to use 1/2 cup, but if you like it sweeter, use more.
Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over top and press down lightly. Bake.
When it came out of the oven, I wanted to try a bite because I can’t remember using grape jam in this recipe before and wanted to taste-test it prior to serving. So, when it had cooled slightly I stuck my fork in the corner and took ONE bite. Then I took just ONE more taste. A few minutes later, I had to use a knife to even off the edge where I had made a mess taking several more test bites with the fork. And then I HAD to eat that piece that I had cut off with the knife as well.
How is it that nearly 1/3 of the dessert is missing? Well, not really missing because we all know where it went. I am so ashamed.
But I know what I will do. I will cut the remainder into bite-sized squares and put them in a container in the refrigerator. Nobody (on Earth) will know.
I am going to church now to ask for forgiveness. Pray for me to mend my ways and pray that in the future, I will not eat all of the dessert before anyone else in my house has a chance to taste it.
Thank you. Bless you,
Oatmeal Jam Bars
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup jam
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 8×8″ square pan.
- Combine sugar, flour, baking soda, and oats. Cut in butter using pastry blender or two table knives to form a crumbly mix. Press 2 cups of crumb mix into bottom of pan. Spread jam over crumbs leaving a 1/4″ margin around edges. Sprinkle remaining crumb mix over top and press lightly onto jam.
- Bake 35-45 minutes until lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.