Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stawberry Oatmeal Bars


 Hello September ... the baking season begins. Feast your eyes on these delicious cookie bars! Less effort than jam cakes, but resulting in a buttery, moist texture, plus a bit of filling fiber. A tad simpler then my Christmas Czechoslovakian cookies, but every bit as delicious:

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars


1 stick (half cup) butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teapoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup of strawberry (or raspberry) preservatives

Optional: Often I press about 1/4 cup of walnut halves into the top and bottom layers of dough. I like the balance of sweet with nuts.


1) Blend the butter and sugar together.

2) Add the flour, oats, baking soda, vanilla, lemon juice and salt. The batter will be crumbly. Mix together uniformly.

3) Press half the batter into the bottom of a greased square baking pan. (I use a long 12'' German loaf pan.)

4) Next, spread the preservatives on top of the crumbly batter.

5) Finally, sprinkle the remaining mixture on top of the preservatives.

6) Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 minutes.

7) Remove from the oven and scrape the sides with a knife. Let cool, then cut into squares. 

You deserve a treat today. Lovely with afternoon tea or coffee. Simple ingredients, which really hit the spot!

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