Oatmeal Jam Bars

Fifteen short minutes is all it takes to mix up these enticingly chewy jam-filled oatmeal bars. Raspberry jam is wonderful, but feel free to substitute any jam you like; strawberry, apricot, or cherry preserves are all delicious.

Oatmeal Jam Bars
SERVINGS
36
SERVING SIZE
1  bar
YIELD
36 bars
PREP TIME
15 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
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Directions
1. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in oats, brown sugar, and lemon peel; set aside.
2. 
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed until mixture is crumbly. Measure 1 cup of the crumb mixture; set aside.
3. 
Press the remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
4. 
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine preserves and lemon juice. Carefully spread preserves mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 cup crumb mixture. Bake about 15 minutes more or until top is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 36 bars.
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