Recipes of Yesteryear - Old Fashioned Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Remembering Yesteryear 369567815 This past week, I was taken back to my childhood and a Bar Cookie we always enjoyed, but only at Christmas.  It made me wonder why we did not enjoy this year-round?   I do remember this...

Remembering Yesteryear

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This past week, I was taken back to my childhood and a Bar Cookie we always enjoyed, but only at Christmas.  It made me wonder why we did not enjoy this year-round?   I do remember this being a favorite of my Grandmother’s and if she liked something, she was not shy about making her requests.   Maybe, she wanted to keep this bar cookie special just for the Holidays.  I remembered the red filling and the rich taste of Raspberry Preserves in that filling along with the crumbly butter topping.  My friend Leslie brought these over for a test-kitchen evening and these rich and decadent squares brought back many memories.   Leslie noted you could sprinkle mini chocolate chips along with the topping, but I would opt to keep this simple and more memorable for me.  I can remember Grams cutting a square of this and enjoying this beside a cup of coffee she brewed on the stove-top finished with a generous hand of half-and-half.

When I saw these treats on her dessert plate, I just smiled and remembered my youth.  Upon further review of the recipe, I remembered why I liked these buttery bars to well.  Decadent treats that are calorie worthy. But I challenge you to only eat just one!

Raspberry Bar Cookies

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal Bars – original recipe shared by Leslie Swichkow

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups Instant Rolled Oats

1 cup brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 ½ sticks butter ( or ¾ cup butter)

¾ cup Preserves ( Options offered in Apricot or Raspberry, I bet Blackberry would also be wonderful substitutions)

Directions:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add in the rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Combine well.
  3. Then, blend in the butter with a pastry cutter, two bread knives or two forks.
  4. Divide this mixture, using three cups for the base of these bars and reserving the remains for the topping. Spread this crumb base into a 9 x 11 inches cake/casserole dish.
  5. Carefully spread the preserves over the created base and top with the remaining crumbs.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. Until golden brown.
  7. Cool and cut into small squares. This dessert freezes well.

 

What recipe of late brings you back to your childhood?