ABOUT THIS RECIPE

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 35 min.

Yield: 9-12 bars

ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.

Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 - 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

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Rockport Raspberry Crumb Bars

It's hard to resist the little makeshift roadside stands that dot Route One in July. Green fruit cartons of fresh picked Maine raspberries & blueberries beckon unsuspecting motorists driving by, like fair-haired sirens to love sick sailors. Just the thought of those red delicious pillows-of-summer makes many a Mainer pine for our July gifts from nature, and the delicious things that we do with them.