These bars are so good I should make them every week!!! (I’m out of preserves and need to stock up!) I made them a few weeks ago the night before heading to San Antonio for work. For some reason my baking whims happen at night. I guess it’s my way of unwinding. Anyway, they made for a great travel treat. I’m a big fan of Bonne Maman® Preserves, and they were perfect for this recipe. Their preserves are produced in France, are all-natural, with no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup or no preservatives added. You can use any flavor you like. I used a combination of strawberry and mixed berries. If my dream of owning a cafe/art studio/boutique ever materializes, these bars will be a staple!
1 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
1 cup any flavor Bonne Maman® Preserves
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch-square (I used an 11 x 7) baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until combined. Stir in 1 3/4 cups oats.
Spread 2/3 of the batter on bottom of prepared baking dish. Spread preserves over the batter with the back of a spoon.
Add remaining 1/4 cup oats to remaining batter. Crumble over top of the preserves. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden. Cool, then cut into bars. Enjoy!!!