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.



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Servings: 36
Serving size: 1  bar
Yield: 36 bars
Prep Time: 15 mins
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Ingredients
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    1 1/3  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    3/4  cup 
    quick-cooking rolled oats
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    1/3  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1   teaspoon 
    finely shredded lemon peel
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    2  3  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
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    1/4  cup 
    butter, softened
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    3/4  cup 
    seedless raspberry preserves
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    1   teaspoon 
    lemon juice

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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