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In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


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?