Thursday, December 30, 2010

99. Peanut Butter and Jam Oatmeal Bars

From 2007 Southern Living Annual Recipes

What's better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Well, throw in some oatmeal and yellow cake mix...and you've raised the bar on a classic.

These are perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert...and they're easy to make. They're a little crumbly (a lot of the topping fell off when I was cutting them into bars). And, I think I may double the peanut butter and jam mixture next time to really make that flavor more pronounced.

1  (18.25-oz.) package yellow cake mix
2 1/2  cups  uncooked quick-cooking oats
3/4  cup  butter, melted
1/2  cup  creamy peanut butter
1/2  cup  strawberry preserves
1/2  cup  chopped roasted peanuts

Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

Stir together cake mix and oats in a large bowl. Stir in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly and dry ingredients are moistened. Press half of oat mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan.

Stir together peanut butter and preserves in a medium bowl. Gently spread peanut butter mixture evenly over oat mixture in pan. Sprinkle peanuts and remaining half of oat mixture evenly over peanut butter mixture.

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool.

Lift baked bars from pan, using foil sides as handles. Place on a cutting board, and cut into 24 bars.

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