Sunday, February 27, 2011

Black Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

I've been thinking fondly of my favorite bar from college.

It was crisp, sweet, and filled with gooey raspberry goodness.

Wait- what did you think I was talking about?

The coffee shop in my college library serves up the most delicious raspberry bar cookies.  They were always such a nice treat during those long nights of Facebook studying.  (Love you Mom!)  This recipe is a perfect replica of those beloved bars, and I've made them more than any other recipe in my stash.

Based on Allrecipes

1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats, divided
1 stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 10 oz container seedless black raspberry preserves
1 tsp water
1 tsp lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 9X13 pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, 2 cups of the oats, butter, applesauce, and vanilla. Add the remaining oats a little at a time until the mixture just starts to form big clumps. (Discard the rest.)

3. In a separate bowl, mix the preserves, water, and lemon juice. Press 1/2 the crust dough in the pan. Slather on the preserve mixture, keeping away from the very edges so the fruit doesn't burn. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture on top.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the top crust is lightly browned.

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  1. Never heard about Facebook or raspberry bars while you were in college. Now we finally get the truth:-) Tuition dollars at work, huh?

  2. Love that this incorporates a cake mix to make it a little easier / quicker to make. They look delicious :)

    Thank you so much for submitting this to my monthly recipe collection for July - Cookout Food.

    The new theme for August will be posted tomorrow, and I hope you will submit again. :)

  3. Thanks! And I'm looking forward to seeing the August theme!



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