Most delicious! These remind me of the same bars served with our elementary school lunches, way back in the day!! 🙂 These are very good, quick, and easy to boot! And you can substitute another jam that suits your tastebuds if you prefer. Imagine, cherry jam? Or fig preserves? This recipe is so good and flexible – make it your own!!
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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (don’t use quick cook or instant) pinch of salt
1 cup of raspberry preserves (seeded or seedless will work)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray (or you can just spray the pan), set aside.
In a large microwave-safe bowl add the butter and cook until melted, about 1 minute.
Whisk in the sugars and vanilla.
Add the flour, oats, optional salt, and stir to combine.
Set aside 1 heaping cup of the oatmeal mixture.
Press remaining mixture into prepared pan. Evenly spread the raspberry preserves over the crust making sure you cover the entire crust. ( jam should be about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick).
Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 1 cup crumble topping mixture. (For bigger chunks, squeeze some of the mixture in your hand).
Bake for about 30 minutes or until edges are set and center has just set and is lightly golden browned.
Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes