Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

1 box (18 ounces) Yellow Cake Mix
2 1/2 Cups Quick Cooking Oats
3/4 Cup Butter, melted
2 - 2 1/2 Cups Strawberry Jam* or Spread
1 Tablespoon Water*

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cake mix and the butter, so that is makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left.

Press half of the oats/cake mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan, pressing them into the corners.

In a separate bowl mix the water and the jam together.

Spread the jam mixture evenly over the crust.

Sprinkle the remaining oats/cake mixture of the top,
pressing down slightly.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.

Cool before cutting into the bars.

I used a strawberry spread instead of a jam,
no need to use the water to thin it out.

Substitute lemon juice for the water.

Substitute raspberry for strawberry.

Substitute a lemon cake mix.

Drizzle powdered sugar or melted chocolate on the top.

I cut the bars out with a heart shaped cookie cutter.

I would also consider using parchment paper.

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