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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dandelion Blueberry Bars



These cookies are a "remembrance of things past." The recipe comes from the Quaker Oats test kitchen and you probably know the cookies as Berry Berry Streusel Bars. I renamed them when I realized that each time I made them I received a bouquet of dandelions or a daisy chain. Not bad for a cookie, huh? With very small changes these cookie bars can be enjoyed by vegans and the gluten intolerant. The recipe is extraordinarily easy to make and the only complaint I've ever heard is that the cookies are too crumbly. Firmly pressing down the base and crumb layer should take care of the problem. These are simple and wholesome, so get a jelly jar ready for your bouquet and that unbeatable "for you, Mommy." No tears, please.

Dandelion Blueberry Bars - Berry Berry Streusel Bars

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
1/3 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)

Directions:
1) Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine oats, 1-1/4 cups flour, sugar and butter; mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture evenly onto bottom of ungreased 8 or 9-inch square baking pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool slightly on wire rack.
2) In medium bowl, combine blueberries, preserves, 1 teaspoon flour and lemon peel, if using; mix gently. Spread evenly over crust to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, patting gently.
3) Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. Yield: 16 bars.

18 comments:

the ungourmet said...

Yum! I have everything right now to make these. I think I will whip up a batch tomorrow! :0)

Elyse said...

These bars look awesome! I love the crumble on top, and that oozy blueberry looks just delicious! Love your blog. I can't wait to keep reading.

Katy ~ said...

Your photo is drool worthy. I am torn about which of your fabulous recipes too make because I LOVE LOVE them all, but I'm starting here. I offered to bring work treats this coming week, and these look perfect. Thank you for another delicious post!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

How can these look so fabulous and be so easy? This is my kind of baking. I have berries in my freezer from our bushes. Guess I better get them out and put them to good use with this great recipe.
Sam

Donna-FFW said...

Oh, these sound incredibly delicious, easy, and perfect for little hands. Enjoy how you renamed them also!

oneordinaryday said...

Aww. Very nice story and great recipe too.

Cathy said...

I love a crumbly bar cookie and wish I had one of these with my cup of coffee this morning. Looks delish, Mary.

girlichef said...

lovely! I have plenty of jelly jars that I use for dandelion bouquets (not just wine)...I know these would garner a big one! They sound amazing...and look it, too!

Mary said...

Elyse, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you'll visit often.

Netts Nook said...

Oh Mary Mary they look perfect I love the name. Good job as usual.

noble pig said...

These are just perfect...I mean perfect.

Hootin' Anni said...

Now girlfriend....you had me going there for a minute or two. I saw "Dandelion" in the recipe's title, and I thought you'd gone bonkers!!!!

They sound absolutely yummy. I guess you could add dates to those instead of blueberries....you should be careful tho...you may get a rose bouquet instead of those 'lions!!!

Chef Fresco said...

Yum! These look so great!

Chow and Chatter said...

how cute, I thought it had dandelion in it for a sec !! he he looks great

Laura said...

This is how my terrible rhubarb bar was SUPPOSED to come out. These look great!

P.S. I swear you left a comment about my birch tree once--meant to tell you he is doing fine and also I discovered this great inflatable water donut thing to get baby trees through the hot part of summer--it waters them all day long. If I have you confused with someone else, well, oops. :)

Mary said...

Laura, I did leave a comment about your trees. That, by the way, is a marvelous idea.

ivoryspring said...

I am enjoying your blueberry recipes!

Karen said...

I think I have everything here to make these. My gardener will love them!

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