Fresh ripe strawberries are hard to resist, and even harder to keep stocked. We love putting them on top of ice cream, pureeing them to go in cupcakes or by themselves for a sweet treat. We especially love this Strawberry Oatmeal Bar recipe from the Pioneer Woman. Its easy, delicious, and is a perfect way to enjoy strawberry season. Oh, and for the strawberry preserves the recipe calls for, get the good stuff from a local farmer or farmer’s market and skip the store bought stuff.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

1-3/4 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces

1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour

1-1/2 cup Oats (quick Or Regular)

1 cup Packed Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1 jar (10 To 12 Ounce) Strawberry Preserves

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 10 baking dish.

Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight. Spoon strawberry preserves evenly over the surface, then use a dinner knife to carefully spread it around. Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.

Bake until light golden brown on top, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.

When cool, cut into squares and serve. Yum!