Thursday, April 18, 2013

Recipe Thursday

It's getting late, but it is still Thursday.  This recipe popped into my head as I was cleaning up dinner dishes.  You have to hear the "back" story on this recipe, before I give it to you.

Many, many years ago, I loved to collect cook books.  I had a dedicated bookcase in my kitchen for them.  Then, I had to expand them into "our den", because they outgrew their shelves in the kitchen.  I would send for many booklets that different food company's advertised for free. The recipe I am making for Recipe Thursday came out of a 1978 Quaker Oats booklet.   That year I just had my first child, so when I say many, many years ago, it was.

As I had children, and they entered school, I would make this recipe as an afternoon snack for them.  I use to make it quite a lot in those years.  Then, like everything else, the recipe was forgotten, and placed in a box of old cookbooks, not to be thrown away, but to be saved "forever"!!

After about 28 years living in the same house, we found a place to down size to.  Which meant, all my cookbooks in their boxes was put up in that house's attic, never to be seen again for 7 years, when we moved again to up size our house.  My children (4) were of great help, and the girls put some of my everyday cookbooks on a shelf in my new kitchen.

Because my "old" brain skips here and there on many subjects, I was thinking one day, whatever became of my Quaker Oats booklet with that great bar recipe?  (see hint, it is going to be a bar)  Looked high and low, for the life of me couldn't find it, and blamed my children for probably throwing it out!  So, here a few months ago, I am looking for something in the night stand of our bedroom, yup, you guessed it.  There it was.    I was so excited, that I put together a batch of these bars that day.

My son-in-law can't get enough of them.  Let me just say, they are very sweat, and really good.  Don't let the name fool you.  It is described as:  A layered treat, with the sweet taste of fruit combined with the crunch and "wholesomeness" of the oat mixture.  I think they may have been a little confused on what was "wholesome" in the 70's. LOL

Wholegrain Jam Squares

2 cups Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup butter 
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I usually use 1 cup)
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1 pt preserves (I use mine that I can) 

Combine all ingredients, except preserves in large mixing bowl, beat at low speed on electric mixer until mixture is crumbly.  Reserve 2 cups; press remaining onto bottom of greased 13x9 inch pan.  Spread preserves evenly over the base; sprinkle with reserved mixture. 

Bake in preheated 400 degree oven, 25-30 min. or until golden brown.  Cool, cut into squares.

Ready for assembling..butter,flour mixture, brown sugar & oats.

Press mixture on bottom of a 13 x 9 " pan

Add preserves  and crumble reserved mixture over top

DONE.........cooling.  I cut it while it was still warm,
when completely cool, it will come out in bar form.  

Published in 1978.

I think the bars have cooled and they are calling from the kitchen...........very good with a glass of milk!!
Try it, you'll like it!!

Thanks for stopping by, please come back..........let me know if you tried them.



  1. "Someone" has to send me some homemade jam so I can attempt to make these for my family.

  2. Can you see it now, jelly leaking out of the box that arrives in Texas? They will probably call out the "bomb squad"..... hahaha