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Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are dessert bars with a buttery crust, filled with raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries that are topped with oatmeal crumble topping and almond icing.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Chill 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 350 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (42g) confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) cold butter, diced

Filling

  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries

Topping

  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) cold butter, diced
  • ¾ cup (94g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (42g) confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup quick oats

Icing

  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, blend the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter. You can use a food processor or pastry cutter, but I prefer my hands. You want the butter to be no bigger than a pea size and the ingredients well incorporated.
  3. Press into the prepared baking dish.

  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges just barely start to golden. Remove from the oven.

Filling

  1. Spread raspberry preserves evenly over the baked crust. Place fresh raspberries evenly over the preserves.

Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, add cold butter, flour, confectioners’ sugar and quick oats. Using your hands, sift the flour over the butter and then start breaking down each piece into pea-sized pieces.

  2. Crumble the oatmeal mixture over the preserves and berries.
  3. Bake for 45-50 more minutes, or until the crumble is light golden brown. Allow bars to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Then, place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.

Icing

  1. In a medium bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, milk, and almond extract. Add more milk (one teaspoon at a time) to reach your desired consistency. Drizzle over bars and serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator if desired.