Colleen's photo of her Nutella Oatmeal Bars
These are pretty good! I'm kinda glad I didn't have jam on hand. And so so easy. Great bar cookie to make for kids. Especially if those kids live on Nutella. And if you are brave, they can help. I mixed the crust/topping mixture together with my hands.
I bought a children's book for our neighbors who took in our papers when we went to Minnesota. The book, Charlie Goes to School is by the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, and is about their Basset Hound dog helping around the ranch and her homeschool.
In the back of the book is a recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. See below. But I changed it to raspberry because I like raspberry better. But then I didn't have raspberry jam on hand, and substituted Nutella.
Strawberry/Raspberry/Nutella Oatmeal Bars
( from http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/strawberry-oatmeal-bars/)
1-3/4 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cup oats (quick Or regular)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 jar (10 To 12 Ounce) Strawberry or Raspberry Preserves or Nutella
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 10 baking dish.
Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight.
Spoon strawberry preserves evenly over the surface, then use a dinner knife to carefully spread it around. Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.
It was tricky to spread the Nutella. I will let you know later if it was genius or dumb.
Baked. Smells good!
Bake until light golden brown on top, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.
When cool, cut into squares and serve.
It worked! Genius! Yum!