Oatmeal Jam Bars
teaspoon baking soda
cup quick-cooking rolled oats
cup packed brown sugar
teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
cup seedless raspberry preserves
teaspoon lemon juice
- 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.
- 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.
- Press the remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
- 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.
From the Test Kitchen
From Our Kitchen:
Line your baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside. Once the bars have cooled, simply use the edges of the foil to lift the uncut bars out of the pan.