I overslept. It was 9 and I was supposed to be at a potluck by 10 AM. I had to bring something. UGH. Why?! Why why why do I do this to myself. Groan. Breathe. Bake! Luckily, I’ve got a simple dessert I can whip up with items I usually always have on hand.

Mix together these 15-Minute Strawberry Jam Bars and get in the shower. It’s going to be OK!

Here’s why these strawberry jam bars are so great: 

melted butter streusel

Melted butter is the key to a fast streusel 

These are so easy to make and I’m about to tell you why.  A lot of recipes that involve a streusel call for mixing together cold butter with flour, oats, nuts spices ect. This is delicious – but time-consuming! It takes longer then you think to mix cold butter with anything using just your fingers or a fork. And when you are trying to be somewhere, ain’t nobody got time for that. Enter: the melted butter streusel topping. 

one bowl streuselThe topping is also the crust 

The other reason why these are so quick to make is that the topping IS ALSO the crust (plus some walnuts). So it’s like two elements of this dessert are being made at once. 

 

One bowl means less clean up

The crust can be mixed together in one bowl. You could also melt the butter in one large bowl (if it will fit in your microwave) and then add in all the dry ingredients on top (just add baking powder last, otherwise it will make clumps in the butter and you’ll bite down on a ball of baking powder). 

 

So yummy and so versatile

Every time I make these, people can’t get enough! The whole pan usually gets eaten. AND if I don’t have strawberry jam or happen to be out of walnuts, I can swap out for something else. Some other winners: 

Apricot + Almond 

Cherry + Pistachio

Apple + Pecan 

Cranberry + Walnut (I’ve even used leftover homemade cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving)!

Pear + Hazelnut (Haven’t tried this, but doesn’t it sound DIVINE?)

 

strawberry jam bars

Recipe adapted from Modern Potluck.

15-Minute Strawberry Jam Bars
Yields 12
A super fast and crowd pleasing dessert or snack - these always go fast! Mix it up with whatever jam and nuts (or no nuts) you have on hand.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  2. 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 ¾ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. ½ cup granulated sugar
  6. ½ cup light brown sugar
  7. 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  8. ¾ teaspoons baking soda
  9. 2 cups strawberry jam
  10. ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper so it hangs over each of the long sides.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the oats, sugars, salt, baking soda. Pour the 1 cup melted butter over the mixture and stir until the flour is evenly moistened. Press all but ¾ cup of the streusel in an even layer into the prepared pan. Spread the jam on top of the layer. Press the remaining streusel into clumps, add the walnuts, and toss. Sprinkle the walnut streusel all over the jam.
  3. Bake the bars for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting into the squares.
Notes
  1. Recipe works well halved and baked for 40-45 minutes in a 8x8 baking pan as well.
Adapted from Modern Potluck
Adapted from Modern Potluck
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