Recipes of Yesteryear - Old Fashioned Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Remembering Yesteryear 369567815 This past week, I was taken back to my childhood and a Bar Cookie we always enjoyed, but only at Christmas. It made me wonder why we did not enjoy this year-round? I do remember this...
This past week, I was taken back to my childhood and a Bar Cookie we always enjoyed, but only at Christmas. It made me wonder why we did not enjoy this year-round? I do remember this being a favorite of my Grandmother’s and if she liked something, she was not shy about making her requests. Maybe, she wanted to keep this bar cookie special just for the Holidays. I remembered the red filling and the rich taste of Raspberry Preserves in that filling along with the crumbly butter topping. My friend Leslie brought these over for a test-kitchen evening and these rich and decadent squares brought back many memories. Leslie noted you could sprinkle mini chocolate chips along with the topping, but I would opt to keep this simple and more memorable for me. I can remember Grams cutting a square of this and enjoying this beside a cup of coffee she brewed on the stove-top finished with a generous hand of half-and-half.
When I saw these treats on her dessert plate, I just smiled and remembered my youth. Upon further review of the recipe, I remembered why I liked these buttery bars to well. Decadent treats that are calorie worthy. But I challenge you to only eat just one!
Raspberry Bar Cookies
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Bars – original recipe shared by Leslie Swichkow
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups Instant Rolled Oats
1 cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ sticks butter ( or ¾ cup butter)
¾ cup Preserves ( Options offered in Apricot or Raspberry, I bet Blackberry would also be wonderful substitutions)
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl.
- Add in the rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Combine well.
- Then, blend in the butter with a pastry cutter, two bread knives or two forks.
- Divide this mixture, using three cups for the base of these bars and reserving the remains for the topping. Spread this crumb base into a 9 x 11 inches cake/casserole dish.
- Carefully spread the preserves over the created base and top with the remaining crumbs.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. Until golden brown.
- Cool and cut into small squares. This dessert freezes well.
What recipe of late brings you back to your childhood?