Bars, Blondies & Brownies

Oatmeal Jam Bars

Oatmeal Jam Bars with an oatmeal shortbread cookie crust, a layer of your favorite jam and then topped with a sprinkling of even more of the oatmeal shortbread cookie dough.  Eat these for breakfast, snack or dessert…because jam is appropriate for any meal!  This is another easy recipe, that people will be swooning over.  Promise.

I had one jar left of the yummy Jamnation Jams that Foodlyn sent me.  I used the other two jars to make Vanilla Greek Yogurt Loaf Cake with Berry Jam Glaze and Peanut Butter and Jam Blondie Bars.  I was going to make Thumbprint Jam cookies with the last jar of jam, but then the ease of making Oatmeal Jam Bars popped into my head.  And these bars were soooooooo good.  You can definitely use any flavor jam that you love.  This would be the perfect recipe to use up any jars of jam you have in the refrigerator!

Oatmeal Jam Bars

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Serves: 20 Cooking Time: 30-minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Ballard Extracts Vanilla Extract)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup jam (I used one 10-ounce jar Jamnation Apricot Up in the Moment Jam)



Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Line an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan with foil and spray the bottom and sides with baking spray. Set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar. Mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture and mix until incorporated.


Change the mixer to low speed and add the flour, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Mix until just incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer and ensure all ingredients are incorporated.


Pour the dough out into the prepared pan, reserving approximately 1/2 cup of dough to sprinkle on top of the jam layer. Press the dough evenly into the pan. Spread the jam in an even layer over the dough. Sprinkle chunks of the reserved batter over the top of the jam layer.


Bake in 350-degree oven for 30-minutes. The bars may not appear done, but they continue baking in the pan. Let bars set in the pan until completely cool.


Cut into desired sized squares.


Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature.

These bars are definitely my jam!  What’s your favorite kind of jam??  Do you do your own jamming??  Jamnation Jams comes up with some awesome, unique flavors that I would never think of!



Maybe Foodlyn will send me some more Jamnation Jam so I can make those Thumbprint Jam cookies happen.  Hint, hint 😉  If you would like to purchase the Jamnation Jams Apricot in the Moment Jam from Foodlyn, click HERE.  If you would like to purchase the Ballard Extracts Vanilla Extract from Foodlyn, click HERE.

PS- I have linked this post up at the following link parties: The Pin Junkie, Pretty Pintastic Party, Meal Plan Monday, Sugar and Spice, Weekend Potluck.

*****This recipe was a FEATURED recipe at Sugar and Spice Link Party #169!!****


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  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 2, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    I’m loving these bars, Kelly! Any cookie with oatmeal in it is my jam :). Hope your week is going well!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      Thank you Kelsie! I am such an oatmeal lover, so these are totally my jam too hehehe. I hope your week is going well too my dear! XOXO 🙂

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    Maria Doss
    August 2, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    These look so soft and oh so delicious. A perfect breakfast-on-th-go and also great in school lunch boxes!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      Totally Maria! And school is sneaking back up on us soon! Thank you and I hope you are having a great week! XOXO 🙂

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    August 2, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Jam bars are something that I grew up with – I haven’t made one in years but your bars are thinking it’s about time I change that!! XO

    • Reply
      August 3, 2017 at 8:18 AM

      I grew up eating those Nutri Grain Bars, which kind of reminded me of these. But these are sooooo much better lol. You should definitely make these! Super easy 🙂 XOXO

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    August 3, 2017 at 3:51 AM

    PERFECT. One of my favorite types of bakery/coffee shop treats, they were particularly abundant in Seattle, where I used to live. Love these.

    • Reply
      August 3, 2017 at 8:19 AM

      Aww thanks Jessie! These are such a yummy snack and I think they are totally perfect with a cup of coffee 🙂 XOXO

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    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    August 7, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    How did I miss this one?? Kelly, it has oatmeal! 😀 YUM!

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 9:38 PM

      Oatmeal is one of my favorites!!! Next I need to do something with oatmeal AND chocolate lol 😉 XOXOX

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    August 9, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    These are beautiful! My kids will love them.

    • Reply
      August 9, 2017 at 9:57 PM

      Thanks Laura! The kids would totally love these!! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    August 12, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Congratulations on the feature at Sugar and Spice link party. These oatmeal jam bars look mighty tasty! I hope that you get some more jam so you can make those thumbprint jam cookies. Thank you for sharing. Pinned and shared.

    • Reply
      August 12, 2017 at 5:24 PM

      Thanks Amy!! I think I might be getting the hookup on more jam from Jamnation Jams once their new flavors are ready for shipping! So thumbprint cookies coming soon! Thanks for pinning and sharing! XOXO 🙂

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