Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Raspberry Oat Bars

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I am excited about
three things at this exact moment.
First that it time again for Blogger C.L.U.E. Society.  Second is that the theme for May is berries.
Third but the most exciting is that I was paired with Kim from Liv Life.  I belong to this secret society of sorts
where each month we are paired with another food blogger, given a theme and set
off to explore our assigned bloggers blog and hunt down a recipe that matches
the theme and we are excited about making.

Although I have actually never met Kim, I feel like we have
been friends for years.  We actually have
been Facebook friends for years. She was originally from the Bay Area and now
resides in the San Diego area with
her Pilot hubby, talented daughter Liv, smart son and their two adorable Maltese
doggies. I feel like we have a lot in common since our hubbies both fly
airplanes.  My hubby flies small planes
for fun and wishes he was an airline pilot, where her hubby is one.  We both have two doggies and they are a large
part of our worlds.  We both have blogs
and love to cook.  I have a open
invitation for her to come to Friday Night Bites and enjoy wine and appetizers
with my hubby and me.  I truly hope she
will take me up on the offer one day soon. Smile.

I spent several hours combing Kim’s site to pick just the
right recipe that sang to me and had the secret ingredient – berries.  After narrowing down my choices I finally
settled on her Strawberry Oatmeal Jam Bars. 
I thought I would mix it up a bit and made it with raspberries since
they are my absolute favorite berry on this planet.  I also added a teaspoon of orange liquor to
the jam to kick it up just a tiny notch. 
I like a tall bar cookie so I increased the quantities a bit. The end
result was heaven in my mouth.  Hubby
loved them.  Thank you Kim for such a
wonderful recipe and I look forward to having you and your hubby over for
Friday Night Bites one day soon!

Raspberry Oat Bars

Make 16 two inch squares

¾ Cup Brown Sugar

1 ½ Cup Flour

½ teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ teaspoon Salt

¾ Cup Rolled Oats

¾ Cup Butter, cut into small cubes

1 Cup Raspberry Jam

1/3 Cup Fresh Raspberries

1 teaspoon Orange Liquor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.  You can also line with parchment paper as an
alternative to the cooking spray, which I did. 
It makes it easy to remove and cut into even pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, baking
soda, salt and rolled oats.  Drop the
butter into the flour mixture and rub with your fingers or a pastry cutter to
form a crumble.  Press 2 cups of the
mixture into the prepared pan and spread the jam over the top and drizzle the
orange liquor on top and gently spread over the jam.  Sprinkle the raspberries over the jam and
then sprinkle with the remaining crumble mixture, gently pressing the crumble
into the top of the jam.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the bars are lightly
browned.  Remove from the oven and cool
on a wire rack.  Allow the bars to cool
completely before cutting into squares.

Please check out all the recipes from May’s Blogger C.L.U.E. Society posts:

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