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Oatmeal Jam Bars

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 1 bar Yield: 36 bars
Prep 15 mins Bake 350°F 35 mins
Oatmeal Jam Bars
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
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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