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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
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease 8×8″ square pan.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake 35-45 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool before cutting into bars.