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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

A fruity filling and fluffy coconut topping truly make these strawberry oatmeal bars one of a kind. They really dress up my trays of Christmas goodies. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine first five ingredients. Add butter and vanilla; stir until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread preserves over crust. Combine coconut and reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over preserves.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned. Cool.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Quaker Oats featured its first oatmeal cookie recipe on the package in 1908, more than 30 years after the company’s founding. The recipe used just three ingredients: oats, butter and eggs. Fancier ingredients, such as sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, raisins, nuts and chocolate chips, were added to later recipes.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 150 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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