For some time now, I have been wanting to make fruit bars but always talked myself out of making ’em. I would always go to a different recipe (cookies, cakes, or even graham crackers) and tell myself, “Mirisa, you can make them next week.”
Well, after two months of saying that line to myself, I rolled up my sleeves and played mute to my nervousness. It’s only a raspberry bar. It’s not going to bite me! Or will it?? :/
I found the perfect recipe for me in “The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook”.
It went a little something like this…
3/4 cup of butter or margarine, softened (I use BUTTER! Butter is always better!)
1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar (PUSH it down into the measuring cup!! )
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour. (I used King Arthur’s Whole Wheat.)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of quick-cooking oats, uncooked (I used Old Fashioned Oats)
1 (1o ounce) jar raspberry preserves
- Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add the sugar, beating well. ( You could put 1/4 cup in at a time.) Combine flour and next 3 ingredients ; add to butter mixture, mixing well. (It will almost look like crumbs.)
- Press half of crumb mixture into a greased 13- X 9- inch pan. (I used a 8- X 11- inch pan, what can I say? I want bigger pieces! ) Spread raspberry preserves over crumb mixture. Sprinkle remaining half of crum mixture over preserves. Bake at 400 degrees (I baked at 375 degrees, because I have a conventional oven) for 2o minutes (I cooked for 22.) Cook on a wire reack, cute into bars. (I left it in pan by it’s self for 15 minutes and then cut it in bars. It really needs time to cool down. If you try to cut while still hot, it will fall apart!)
- Yield:30 bars ( I got 12 bars.)
- Calories for 30 bars: One bar is 120 calories; Fat: 4.6 grams, Cholesterol: 12 mg, Sodium 115 mg.
This recipe was a great start for me and can work with strawberry preserves as well. I would love to try this recipe with other fruit preserves.
The recipe is simple and to the point. I love that about Southern Living. They don’t play with their food. I enjoyed making and baking these bars. They would be great to make with kids as well.
Now, let me warn you. These bars are sinfully good. You will eat more than one.
You have been warned.
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