Raspberry Bars
(From Recipe Goldmine "Kitchen Bites")

Bar cookies are easy to prepare because they are spread in a pan and baked all at one time. They should be cooled before cutting. This is such an easy recipe-but it tastes like you spent hours preparing it. It's great for brunch and coffee klatches!


1-1/2 cups flour

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

1 cup butter

1-1/2 cups seedless raspberry jam, preserves or conserve

1/2 cup chopped pecans*



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and oatmeal.

Cut in all butter two tablespoons butter.

Press 1/2 of flour mixture evenly into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan.

Spread jam over batter in pan, then top with remaining flour mixture. Dot with two tablespoons butter and with chopped pecans.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut into rectangles.

Variation: Use other types of jam, such as apricot.

Makes 24 bars