Blue Ridge Blackberry Lemon Bars

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  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 25-30 bars
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Ingredients

2 cups oats, either quick or old-fashioned (uncooked)

2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 cup lightly toasted walnuts*, chopped

1 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

1 tsp. grated lemon peel

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tbsps. fresh lemon juice

1 cup butter, chilled, cut into small pieces

Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

1 (12 oz.) jar Smucker's® Seedless Blackberry Jam

Powdered sugar, if desired

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 325 degrees F. Toss together in a large mixing bowl oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel and salt until well blended.
  2. SPRINKLE mixture with lemon juice, then with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter pieces until mixture is crumbly.
  3. SPRAY 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Reserve 2 cups of the oat mixture, then sprinkle remainder in pan, pressing with fingers to form a crust
  4. BAKE 10 minutes, or until set. Let cool slightly, then spread blackberry jam evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with reserved oat mixture, pressing down gently.
  5. RETURN to oven; bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
  6. *To toast nuts: Place walnuts in dry nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned.