What to do with all of this delicious homemade jam? …Make Oat and Jam cookie bars!
Last week, we canned loads of Concord grapes and tucked the jars away for a year’s worth of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Thumbprint Cookies, and Chewy Oat and Jam Cookie Bars. Yesterday, I made a small pan of the delicious bars and they were gone in a flash. As we start the new school week, I am going to double the recipe, individually wrap the bars, and tuck them in the fridge so they can easily be packed in the lunchbox.
Starting this week, my children will be adding a morning swim practice to their already long school day so they will leave before 5:30 am and won’t return until after 6:00 pm. This means packing breakfast, lunch, and after-school swim snack into the lunchbox. I usually stock the fridge and pantry with homemade peanut butter, lots of fruits and veggies, eggs, cheese, milk, whole grain bread, yogurt, snacks, and oat cereal so there is plenty to choose from. This recipe is quick and easy to assemble. Use any flavor jam to suit your family’s taste. M has suggested we make a peanut butter glaze to spread over the warm bars…haven’t tried it yet but sounds like a scrumptious idea!
Chewy Oat and Jam Cookie Bars
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 stick of butter, softened
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Concord grape jam. (other flavors will work just as well)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8×8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix dry ingredients in to the creamed mixture. Press 1 1/2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam over this layer. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam. Lightly sprinkle chopped pecans over the bars. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
16 thoughts on “Chewy Oat and Jam Cookie Bars”
I’m making this today. Perfect for my daughter’s school snack this week. 😀
That sounds great…I think she will enjoy them. Use her favorite flavor jam and they are sure to be a big hit!
These look really good! I love any cookies with oats 🙂
Makes them a little more nutritious and filling… Thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog. 😊
Considering my oatmeal-in-baked-goods addiction, these look amazing!
I’m afraid we both share a common addiction! 😊
Thanks for your comment and thanks
for visiting my blog, Jaclyn.
This looks perfect for school snacks! Thanks for sharing.
Yes, they are great school snacks. I wrap them individually in cellophane wrap so the kids can grab them and throw them in their lunchbox. Thanks for visiting my site, it’s nice to hear your comments!😊
mmm these look delicious!
Oh, they are good, Louise! It’s hard to stay away from them. I have to keep them out of sight or I will nibble on them all day long! Thanks for your comment!
Thanks for visiting 🙂 These bars look amazingly yummy!
They are nutritious too, Marianne!
Love that you tried the recipe and that you were able to make it “your own”…enjoy! 🙂