Oatmeal Fruit Bars

I used my strawberry freezer jam for this but you could use any fruit preserves. A good freezer food too.

Oatmeal Fruit Bars

Crumb Mixture:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups fruit preserves
1/2 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 dish. Combine crumb mixture ingredients. Mix together with stand or hand mixture until you have beautiful, fluffy like crumbs.

Reserve 1 cup of crumb mixture and press the rest of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. (Hint: Dip your fingers in some water first and the crumbs won't stick to you.) Spread the fruit preserves evenly over crumb mixture.

Sprinkle with coconut and evenly spread remaining 1 cup crumb mixture onver the coconut. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes until edges are golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in freezer. These are even good straight out of the freezer.

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