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Jam Cobbler Bars (in which I present a three-layer dessert with only 5 ingredients)


I’m always on the lookout for recipes that don’t have a long list of ingredients and don’t require a bajillion steps to complete it. This is why you will probably never see me make a cake pop…the very thought of all that work exhausts me. Besides, long recipes mean less time available for doing crafts, and that is, of course, a travesty.

So when I stumbled upon (well, pinterested upon) this dessert recipe about a year ago that had only 5 ingredients, I was sold. And then I tasted it….and I was even more sold. I signed on the dotted line and moved myself in and promised never to leave.

Here’s the recipe…I call these Jam Cobbler Bars.

Ingredients (note: I usually halve the recipe but this is the full version to fill a 9×13 pan):

1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
2 cups oatmeal (either quick oats or old fashioned)
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
16-18 oz (a medium jar) of jam or preserves

5 Ingredient Jam Cobbler Bars (butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar, jam)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan generously (make sure you grease the sides especially well). Mix together oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, and melted butter. Press down 1/2 of the mixture down into the greased pan, spread/pour the jam on it, and then crumble the remaining flour and oatmeal mixture over over it all.

Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until the jam starts bubbling through the crumbles and the crumbles are starting to brown.

5 Ingredient Jam Cobbler Bars (butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar, jam). YUM.

Once they cool down a little, eat up! They’ll be crumbly and sticky, so these bars aren’t finger food–they’re more the consistency of a cobbler without the crunchiness. And the nice thing is that you can put in any flavor jam that you want…we’ve made this recipe with apricot/peach before, but these pictured use a blueberry cherry jam.

True confession: I like to eat these for breakfast…they have oatmeal and jam in them, so they’re basically a breakfast food, right?


14 thoughts on “Jam Cobbler Bars (in which I present a three-layer dessert with only 5 ingredients)

  1. Oh man. I might have to make these this weekend!

  2. (I agree about the cake pops. My take on those babies? Waste of time. Make a cake. Eat the cake. Period.) And I can’t wait to try your bars! I have been hungry for cobbler!

  3. This was wonderful! I cut it down to 1/8th to make a single serving: 2 TBS butter, 1/4 c oatmeal 1/4 cup flour, 2 TBS brown sugar, and enough homemade peach jam to make me happy. I baked it in a little ovenproof ramikin.

    It was JUST what I wanted to satisfy my cobbler craving without having a bunch of leftovers around tempting me.

    Just a side note, this crust is almost exactly the same as some caramel bars: instead of jam put a drizzle (or more!) of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of chocolate chips.

  4. This was awesome! I reduced the recipe to 1/8th for a single serving, 2 TBS butter, 1/4c flour, etc. I used homemade peach jam and it was JUST what I wanted to satisfy my sweet tooth with out having a bunch of leftovers to tempt me later.

    The crust was pretty close to what I’ve used for caramel bars, just substitute caramel sauce and chocolate chips for the jam. It’s not even pretending to be healthy but it is oooh sooo good. 🙂

  5. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! And I agree on the cake pops. I tried to make cheesecake pops once (why???) and it would have been better just eating the cheesecake on its own.

  6. Can’t wait to try this !! Sounds YUMMY!!

  7. this sounds delicious, I might try making date bars with this recipe

  8. I will definitely be trying these.

  9. Please put an option to “print” with your recipes. I will never try a recipe where I cannot print the directions. My computer is not in front of my oven. Sooooooooooooo!! You may have a good recipe here but I will never know and I am sure there are alot of other people out there that feel the same way

    • Sorry! I just have a free WordPress blog and don’t have that option. But if you do want to print it you can copy and paste the text into a Word document…

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