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Peanut Butter-and-Jam Oatmeal Bars

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 30 mins
Cool time 1 hr
Yield Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25-oz.) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts

How to Make It

  1. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

  2. Stir together cake mix and oats in a large bowl. Stir in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly and dry ingredients are moistened. Press half of oat mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan.

  3. Stir together peanut butter and preserves in a medium bowl. Gently spread peanut butter mixture evenly over oat mixture in pan. Sprinkle peanuts and remaining half of oat mixture evenly over peanut butter mixture.

  4. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool.

  5. Lift baked bars from pan, using foil sides as handles. Place on a cutting board, and cut into 24 bars.