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Jam Filled Oatmeal Bars

Jam Filled Oatmeal Bars

 Buttery brown sugar Oatmeal Bars with a fruity jam filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 242kcal


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed (it should be soft and fresh)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • generous ¾ cup jam or preserves


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 pan with foil or parchment paper (leaving overhang on two sides for easy removal). Spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine, flour, oats, salt and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl, whisk butter, brown sugar and vanilla until well combined (this will take at least one full minute). Add dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until combined.
  • Pull out about ¾ cup (a little less than half) of the cookie dough and set that portion aside (it will be the topping). Dump the remaining dough into the prepared pan and press it down into a flat even layer. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven and carefully spread the jam on top of the cookie base. Take the reserved cookie dough and crumble it over the top of the jam layer. Return to the oven and bake for 14-16 more minutes, until the topping is light golden brown. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. 
    These bars are soft when they are warm (they likely won't hold together). To firm them up they can be stored at cool temp or refrigerated.


I prefer a jam that has a balance of sweet and tart flavors. I've used Tart Cherry Jam as well as Bonne Maman Four Fruit Preserves.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg