Among the easiest cookies a person can ever make: raspberry-oat bars, also known as “matrimonial bars”. Anyone can make these; they are absolutely not difficult. Few ingredients, very simple instructions. Very hard to go wrong. You can also substitute a different flavor of jam if you would like. I think raspberry happens to fit here very well, but many people enjoy date or fig as an alternative. I have used both in the past as well as once trying a caramel/milk jam/dulce de leche filling.
Raspberry-oat bar cookies
3/4 cup raspberry jam (I am not sure I measured this. I simply bought a jar of raspberry jam, strained the seeds out and used everything that was left)
3/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups oats
Preheat oven to 325F.
Cream butter and brown sugar. Add flour; mix. Add oats, and stir to combine.
Spread 2/3 of this mixture in a 9×12 rectangular pan, and press it firmly down with fingers.
Spread the jam on top but do not let the jam touch the sides of the pan.
Sprinkle the rest of flour-oat mix over the top.
Bake 35-40 minutes. Cut into bars.
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