Oatmeal Chew Bars a.k.a easy-peasy-cheaty dessert.
It calls for a half box of packaged yellow cake mix, jarred preserves, and four other ingredients. So simple and, I must say, they turned out so delicious!
I used apricot preserves and Miss E loved them most of all! A little odd because she normally doesn’t like apricotty things… but the fact that they are gooey, sticky, sweet little squares of goodness may have had something to do with it! I can’t wait to try again using blueberry or raspberry preserves and I think they would be superb with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
(FYI – I used the leftover cake mix on this fabulous ice cream!)
Oatmeal Chew Bars
Yield: About 1 dozen bars
1/2 of a 15.25 oz. package yellow cake mix (1/2 box equals 1 cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp.)
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup of your favorite preserves (apricot, strawberry, or whatever!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a 9-by-9-inch metal baking pan with aluminum foil (let hang over the edges for easy removal) and coat lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
3. Combine dry cake mix, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Cut butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until the size of small peas.
4. Spread half the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and press down with a fork or your fingers. Reserve other half for the topping.
5. Warm preserves in a one-cup glass measuring cup in the microwave for 30 seconds on high power.
6. Spread preserves evenly over the oat mixture. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the preserves.
7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
8. Cool completely in the pan on a cookie rack before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.
Source: Houston Chronicle