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Published: Tuesday, 9/20/2005

Berry Berry Oatmeal Bars

For the oatmeal crust:

1 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned,

uncooked)

1 cups all-purpose fl our

cup fi rmly packed brown sugar

cup margarine or butter, melted

For the berry berry streusel:

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 teaspoon all-purpose fl our

1/3 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves

teaspoon lemon peel (optional)

To prepare the oatmeal crust: Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine oats, fl our, and sugar; mix well. Add margarine,

mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture; set aside. Press remaining

mixture onto bottom of 8 or 9-inch square baking

pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool

slightly.

To prepare the berry berry streusel: In medium bowl,

combine blueberries and fl our; mix well. Stir in preserves

and lemon peel. Spread evenly over crust. Sprinkle with

reserved oat mixture, pressing lightly. Bake 20 to 22 minutes

or until light golden brown. Cut into bars. Store loosely covered.

Yield: 16 bars



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