Oatmeal Preserve Bars

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!!!

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