Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Today I’m sharing The Pioneer Woman’s Strawberry Oatmeal Bars.  When I first started watching Ree on Food Network, this was one of the very first recipes she made on her show.  It was also the first of many Pioneer Woman recipes that I have tried.  These Strawberry Oatmeal Bars have a buttery top and bottom crust with strawberry preserves sandwiched between them.  This recipe comes together in just a few minutes and except for cutting in the butter, takes very little effort.  I’ve found that my fingers work much better for cutting in the butter, instead of a pastry blender.  One of these bars would be great with a tall glass of milk.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

1 3/4 sticks butter

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups Old fashioned oats or Quick Cooking oats (either works great)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

10-12 ounces strawberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter a 9 X 13 inch pan. (I save my butter wrappers in the freezer and anytime I need to butter a pan, just pull one out and rub it all over the pan).  In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.  With a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in the butter until it is in very small pieces, combined well with the other ingredients and very crumbly.  Take half this mixture and press it into the bottom of  the buttered pan to make a crust.  Spread the strawberry preserves very gently over this bottom crust, being careful not to drag the oat mixture around while you spread.  Sprinkle the remainder of the crust mixture over the top of the strawberry preserves and lightly pat down, forming a top crust.  Bake for 30-40 minutes (Mine took exactly 35 minutes) until crust is golden brown and bubbly around the edges.  Remove from oven and cool on a rack.  Cut into bars.

Adapted slightly from: The Pioneer Woman