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Blue Ridge Blackberry Lemon Bars

Makes 25-30 barsBlue Ridge Blackberry Lemon Bars

Prep Time: 10 min.
Baking Time: 35 min.

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray

  • 2 - cups oats, either quick or old-fashioned (uncooked)

  • 2 - cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/4 - cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1 - cup lightly toasted walnuts*, chopped

  • 1-1/2 - teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 - teaspoon grated nutmeg

  • 1 - teaspoon grated lemon peel

  • 1/2 - teaspoon salt

  • 2 - Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 - cup butter, chilled, cut into small pieces

  • 1 - jar (12 oz.) seedless blackberry jam

  • Powdered sugar, if desired

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325įF. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.

  1. Toss together in a large mixing bowl oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel and salt until well blended.

  2. Sprinkle mixture with lemon juice, then with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter pieces until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 2 cups of the oat mixture, then sprinkle remainder in pan, pressing with fingers to form a crust

  3. Bake for 10 minutes, or until set. Let cool slightly, then spread blackberry jam evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with reserved oat mixture, pressing down gently. Return to oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Alanís Kitchen Tip
*
To toast nuts: Place walnuts in dry nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned.

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