Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Easy, colorful holiday bar recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 375 F degrees.
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add flour and baking soda to mixture.
  4. Stir in oats and nuts into existing mixture.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of oat mixture for topping.
  6. Press remaining mixture into 8in.
  7. square baking pan.
  8. Combine raisins and jam.
  9. Spread raisin mixture to within 1/2 inch of edges of pan.
  10. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.
  11. Press lightly.
  12. Bake at 375F degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Cool in pan.
  14. Cut into bars.
Most Helpful

Soft, chewy, delicous and easy! I have left out the raisins while making these. Made these this evening and they were gone in 10 minutes!

Charishma_Ramchandani March 08, 2002

These are VERY good! Easy to make and came out of the pan beautifully. Next time I may change the flour : oats ratio, as they came out a bit chewy. I pushed the jam all the way to the edges with no sticky ill effects. I was out of walnuts, so I substituted finely chopped blanched almonds, also with good result. I'm sure these will be just as good with any favorite jam; I want to try apricot, as I love that. UPDATE: I just made these again today, with a new twist. First, I did go with 1 cup each of oats and flour, with the flour being half whole wheat, and half all purpose. I'd say I like that ratio better. But the real change I tried today was to add about 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips on top of the raspberry jam. Nice! But I think I'd use a bit more chips next time. So, once again, this is a great recipe, and I'll definitely be making it again and again! Thanks, Hope!

Meredith K. February 28, 2010