Oatmeal Raspberry Bars

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Oatmeal Raspberry Bars.

What a wonderful holiday to celebrate! National Homemade Cookies Day is October 1st. As the Autumn leaves and temperatures are falling, it’s the perfect time to have the oven going to bake your favorite kinds of cookies. We all have certain ones we always make: Chocolate Chip a universal favorite immediately comes to mind. But there are so many others that deliciously signify the season and give us something different to enjoy. A couple of my cookie recipes for Autumn are for Pumpkin Cutout Cookies, and  Harvest Time Cookies,  along with this recipe for Oatmeal Raspberry Bars. Simple to make but so good to eat. They’re made with an oatmeal crust and a filling of seedless raspberry jam. If you prefer strawberry, that’ll work too. For that matter if you like marmalade or any other jam or preserves, those will work as well. I love the raspberry flavor, and I’ve got another little trick with these that may make you a fan for sure; melted chocolate! Yep that’s an option and as most of us know chocolate complements the flavor of raspberries so well, they just naturally go together. So let’s get to the recipe, time’s a’wasting, and you could be baking!

Oatmeal Raspberry Bars

Rating 

Serves: 24

Ingredients
  • 1 and ¾ sticks of salted butter, cut into pieces. (You'll also need a bit extra for greasing the pan.)
  • 1 and ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 and ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • One 10-12 ounce jar seedless raspberry jam (or desired flavor of jam, preserves, etc.)
  • Optional: 2 Tablespoons butter and 1 cup chocolate chips.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9X13-inch rectangular baking dish or pan
  3. Mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar and salt.
  4. Press half this oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  5. Spread entire jar of Raspberry Jam over this layer of oatmeal mix.
  6. Sprinkle the other half of the oatmeal mixture over the top and press lightly.
  7. Bake until light brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
  8. If you plan to do the "chocolate" step, do not cut bars at this time.
  9. If not doing the "chocolate" step, cut bars after they cool and they're delicious as is

This recipe makes approximately 24 servings.

Take these Oatmeal Raspberry Bars over the top!

Try This Too If You Like Chocolate!

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 cup any variety chocolate chips
  1. Melt butter in a microwave dish for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Pour 1 cup chocolate chips into the warm butter and stir until combined.
  3. If the chips don’t entirely melt, microwave for10-15 seconds more and stir again.
  4. Once the chocolate is smooth and while it’s still warm, pour the melted chocolate over the top of the Oatmeal Raspberry Bars and quickly smooth with a spatula.
  5. Let cool completely before cutting the bars.

 

But wait a minute, you may not be finished yet! Think of the possibilities here. You could use semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or you could use one and stripe with the other to really make ’em fancy. Or you could put almonds or pecans in the soft chocolate before it sets. Or while the chocolate is still warm, you could mix in luscious raisins and then pour on the bars. There’s so many different ways to customize these bars to your taste, it’s just a natural way to celebrate National Homemade Cookies Day! Enjoy and let me know if you do, with a comment below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nancy Hardin is a highly experienced writer and author. A retired journalist, she is also a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a wealth of experience in many fields. In addition, she is a retiree veteran, having spent many years in the Women’s Army Corps. She is also an experienced ghostwriter and you can see more about her skills at the The Writers’Door. YOu can visit Nancy’s website here and discover more of her work at this site.

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  1. Now you have made me hungry, and I’m still working. I love everything about this recipe, you had me at the oatmeal!! and it seems so easy to make. Thanks I’ll be pinning and adding to my Yum recipe box.

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