There is nothing like a layer of oatmeal cookie sandwiching a layer of jam, whatever your favorite type of jam. This recipe is super simple and when I served these at bible study last week, the guys couldn't stop eating them. I think that is a compliment for sure and a sign you must make these bars. Also these bars remember me of the thumbprint cookies my mom would make for Christmas each year, and it was featured during my Christmas cookie week.
The recipe is a The Pioneer Woman Cooks and she uses apricot jam but I had a jar of blackberry jam so that is what I used.
Also since this recipe has oatmeal in it, can it be a breakfast food? I absolutely think it is!
First, gather together your ingredients: 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 3/4 stick butter, 1 jar (10-12 ounces) of your favorite jam.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixing bowl, combine the flour, the oats, the brown sugar and the baking soda. Mix the ingredients together well before you add the butter.
Cube up your butter and then add the cubes into the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl.
Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks crumbly and resembles sand. In a greased square pan, press 2/3 of the oat mixture into the bottom.
Spread the entire jar of jam onto the oatmeal layer.
With the remaining 1/3 of the oatmeal, sprinkle it over the jam layer.
Bake the bars for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Let the bars cool, then cut, serve, eat and enjoy!