Oatmeal Jam Squares

jam bars (640x424)This is an easy recipe for making a quick dessert. Use your favorite jam or jelly for the filling. I had an excess of blackberry jam so that is what I used. Would also be very good with raspberry jam (my favorite!).

Oatmeal Jam Squares

1 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 jar (10 ounces) of jam or jelly of your choice

4 whole graham crackers, crushed

1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, mix melted butter and vanilla; add to oats mixture, stirring until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping.

2. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Spread jam over top to within 1/2 inch of edges. Add crushed graham cracker to reserved topping; sprinkle over jam along with the chopped nuts.

3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool in pan and cut into squares.

 

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