Five ingredient cookies that everyone loves
- jmcarthur8 Jun 14, 2012 11:57 AM
This is a quickie bar cookie that I've made forever, and always get groans of appreciation. I don't know where the name came from, it's a family recipe from about 40 years ago. It literally took me less time to prepare this morning than the oven took to preheat.
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup cold butter
3/4 cup preserves (I use my homemade strawberry or peach)
Stir dry ingredients together, cut in butter till crumbly. Press half of mixture firmly into 8" greased square pan. Spread preserves on top, keeping preserves away from the edges by about 1/4" (it sticks to the pan), sprinkle the rest of the sugar/oats mixture evenly on top of preserves and press again.
Bake at 325' for 45 minutes. Cut when cool into small bars.
If you want them pretty, cut off the edges (you get to eat all those yourself).
Don't use margarine - it makes them soggy instead of crispy.
The crumbs are wonderful over vanilla ice cream or mixed into Greek yogurt.
That sounds great! I'll definitely try it out.
I have a similar recipe from Sunset Magazine. You make a shortbread base (so no rolled oats), press it into a pan, cover with apricot jam, and cover with a topping made of flour, sugar, and pecans. Last time I made them, I remember remarking to my daughter that they were the easiest things I'd ever baked.
Once the jam and fresh strawberries were added and then the crumble added on top the entire fruit mixture broke down into a thicker jam and the crumble baked golden brown on top. The recipe wasn't wet, more like a fresher jam by adding the fresh fruit.
Carla demonstrated this on today's episode of The Chew.
Although it's called a shortbread bar, Carla called it a Jamble on air. The video above the recipe runs thru the entire step by step.
The name matrimonial squares is for something similar to a date square, but any fruit can be used for the filing. I agree, they are yummy and easy!