July 18, 2016

Jam Bars


Are you ready for a quick and easy snack? These aren't my invention - thanks go to the Pioneer Woman for her strawberry oatmeal bars. When I saw this recipe, I thought of the many jars of jam in the cupboard that need to be used up. I usually make jelly and jam every other year, allowing two years for it all to be consumed. This is the year I should be making more jam, but I still have lots to use up.

Jam Bars


I didn't want to use 1 3/4 sticks of precious butter though, yikes. And since there are usually just the two of us, making a 9x13" pan full of jam bars isn't really a good idea. So, I halved everything. Half of 1 3/4 is 7/8. A stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, so I just cut one tablespoon off the end. They're even marked to make it easy.

I used an 8x8" pan instead of the 9x13" pan the recipe calls for. Mine were a little thinner than the originals, probably - thinner in height that is, not consistency - since if I doubled my 8x8" pan it would be 8x16". My small jars of jam were a bit less than the original recipe uses too.

A jar of Spiced Caramel Pear Jam

And the jam, oh the jam! You can use any kind you have on hand. Can you imagine apricot jam bars? Or raspberry jam bars? I used a little eight-ounce jar of my Spiced Caramel Pear Jam, made with pears given to us by a friend. I've been hoarding these cute little jars, but this was a perfect reason to use one. I warmed up the jar of jam a little so that it was easier to spread it on top of the bottom layer; it can be a little tricky to spread the jam without dragging the bottom crust apart.

They are delicious! I did think them just a bit over-sweet, probably partly due to the particular kind of jam I used, but I've also found that my taste buds are changing as my diet changes. I plan to use less sugar the next time I make them. They were very good, but I think they'd be even better if they were slightly less sweet. Hubby and Granddaughter loved them.

Here's the halved recipe. For the original larger recipe, go here.

Jam Bars

7/8 cup cold butter
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
half of a 10-12 oz jar of jam - I used 8 ounces

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter an 8"x8" baking pan.

Jam bars, combining the dry ingredients.

Combine the dry ingredients.

Jam bars, cut the butter into the crust.

Cut in the butter with a fork or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Jam bars, press the crust into the pan.

Put half of the mixture in the pan and press lightly with the back of a spoon to form the bottom layer.

Spread the jam on top of the crust

Warm the jam slightly, and spread gently over the bottom layer.

Top the jam bars with the remaining crust mixture.

Top with the remaining oat mixture and press lightly.

Jam bars fresh from the oven

Bake about 30 minutes until it's light golden brown. Leave in the pan until completely cool.

Jam bars

Cut into squares. I make small squares so they last longer. Serve to family and friends and enjoy!


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31 comments:

  1. These look tasty Kathi and would be a great addition to our homemaking link up today if you want to join in :)

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  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:34 AM

    Hi Jess, I was linking it up as you were writing that comment! Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Wow, these sound delicious! Just might have to whip up a batch this afternoon!

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  4. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:32 AM

    I hope you do, Channon, they are super easy and very good!

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  5. Kathi, these look great. I like the simplicity of the recipe. I think I will have to try them with some of our pear or peach butter. Sounds delicious. Thank you.

    Fern

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  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead2:34 PM

    I think they'd be great with pear or peach butter too, Fern.

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  7. Anonymous4:09 PM

    I have made these before, like you, using my home canned jam and jelly and my grand kids love them. A good recipe to keep. Pat B.

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  8. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead6:39 AM

    Thank you both for stopping by, Pat and Staci. :-)

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  9. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:20 AM

    MmmmHmmm.... yummy!

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  10. Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week. I also love that you write about a God-dependent life... That is a neat way of putting it!

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  11. These sound fabulous! I have the same problem with jam... I like making it, but I always have too much!
    The kids would *love* these in their school lunches... Yes, I'm already starting to think about sending them back to school! ;)
    ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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  12. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:16 PM

    Christine, these would be awesome in lunchboxes!

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  13. Delicious love these strawberry jam bars. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. Pinning .

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  14. These look absolutely delicious, Kathi! Thanks for sharing them at Simple Lives Thursday! :)

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  15. A couple of the finished pictures look like they have raisins in them. Do they? This recipe looks similar to one I made frequently from More With Less cookbook i used to make frequently called Raisin Bars. The raisins were soaked, then cooked down to a thick paste. These look good. I will try. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Val, no, there are no raisins. Those are just chunks of lovely caramelized pears - yum! The Raisin Bar recipe sounds delicious too.

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  16. I'm thinking quick yummy breakfast if I reduce the sugar a bit. Sounds yummy.

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    1. Ooohh, wouldn't that be good, Sally?

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  17. I've got to admit, Those look awesome! Thanks for sharing

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    1. They ARE awesome, Jamie!

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  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I make jam also and have a supply on hand. I am sharing this recipe on Facebook!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Carol!

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  19. Your Jam Bars look fantastic, Kathi! What a great way to use up leftover jam, and I like the idea that there's oatmeal in them too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Hope to 'see' you again this week!

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    1. Thank you, April. I'll be there, I always find new blogs and interesting posts at your hop!

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  20. These sound so yummy my mouth won't stop watering!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. They are! I hope you'll give them a try. Whatever kind of jam you have will make them amazing!

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  21. Hi Kathi! These look so good and easy too! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It :) We enjoy having you!

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  22. These look mighty good! Thanks for sharing on the Cookie Exchange!

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