Double Decker Oatmeal Bars

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I have been staring a box of raspberry bars in my pantry for sometime now thinking about when I should make them. I liked the idea of making raspberry bars when I saw them in the grocery store but for some reason I have not been able to motivate myself to bake them. I think it is because they are just sitting in a box. Since I have started experimenting with baking I like the idea of making things from scratch rather than from a box. Don’t get me wrong. I would still use a boxed cake mix in a minute instead of making it from scratch. I have not graduated to that level of baking yet. However, the thought of making a box of raspberry bars no longer intrigued me once I got it home.

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Double Decker Oatmeal Bars popped into my mind while watching the Pioneer Women one morning. She made a very simple strawberry oatmeal bar dessert that I figured even I could make. I decided I wanted to try making two layers of oatmeal bars so I could experiment with using complimentary flavors. I liked the idea of apricots and raspberries or orange and blueberry preserves.

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The best thing about making this simple but yummy dessert is that you can prepare it with any flavor you like. Be adventurous. Make this recipe into your own!

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Double Decker Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup of oats
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup ground pecans
2 sticks of cold butter cubed
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 jar raspberry or blueberry preserves
1 jar apricot preserves
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter and cut into dry ingredients until well blended. Press ¼ of oat mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Spread apricot jam over the bottom layer of oats. Top with more oat mixture and gently spread out over preserves. Add a layer of the raspberry preserves and top with remaining oat mixture and gently spread over preserves. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Let cool then cut into squares.

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