This is the time of year when we spend a lot of time in the kitchen making holiday treats, and Texas Pepper Jelly’s Pepper Jelly Oatmeal Bars are one of our favorites – we’re pretty sure your family will think so, too!
Confession: I had to crop the picture of that pepper jelly oatmeal bar up there because while I was out of the room for just a moment, “somebody” who lives here saw it on the saucer and sneaked a nibble. Sigh. I almost left it like that to show that the bars were irresistible, but my husband was kind of embarrassed about it so I tried to fix it. Not that I’m telling you who did it, mind. . . .
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (quick oats or regular)
1 cup flour (I’ve used rice flour and regular flour)
1/2 cup brown sugar (don’t use fake)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (don’t leave it out)
1 1/2 sticks butter (don’t use margarine)
1 cup pepper jelly, any flavor.
What to do:
In a large mixing bowl, put all the ingredients except the butter and jam. Melt the butter and add to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Press half the mixture into a medium baking pan. You can butter the pan or use parchment paper. Don’t line the pan with foil. Spread the pepper jelly over the pressed mixture; feel free to use more than a cup if you think you need more. Crumble the rest of the buttery oat mixture over the jam.
Bake in a 350 oven for about a half hour (30 minutes) or until the top is browned to your liking. After twenty minutes, watch your oven carefully.
Let the bars cool, and cut into squares.
This recipe is easily double or even tripled. Just do the math.