Need a sweet treat for the sweeties in your life this week? A delicious after school treat with milk, and delectable with your coffee - you can't go wrong with these bars! These little bars freeze well too. After cutting them, wrap them in wax paper or foil, freeze, and then pull out as needed for packed lunches, coffee dates, or desserts. Enjoy!
Strawberry Crumble Bars
1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (use only quick-cooking)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
18 oz strawberry preserves (or any flavor preserves or jam)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl combine cake mix, oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar; mix with a spatula or a large wooden spoon. In a small cup whisk egg with lemon juice and vanilla until combined; add to the crumb mixture along with 1/4 cup melted butter, and 2 tablespoons oil.
Using a large wooden spoon toss to combine then use your fingers to finish the mixing. Mix until the mixture clumps together.
Sprinkle a little more than half of the crumb mixture into the pan then spread out evenly pressing firmly to cover bottom.
Spoon the jam carefully over the crust in the pan and spread evenly.
Cover with remaining crumb mixture over top of the jam then gently pat the mixture down slightly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until light golden brown on top.
Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Source: kittencalskitchen @ www.food.com