Strawberries! Beautiful, juicy, red and sweet strawberries! I don’t think there’s a single soul who doesn’t love this delectable fruit. They are possibly the most loved berry of all berries, whether it’s for their bright red color, the distinct aroma or juicy seedy texture … seriously, what’s not to love?
I always get excited when I start seeing them arrive at my local farm stands and supermarkets, because that means spring is here and summer is not too far behind it! Aside from fruit salads, shortcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries, you can use strawberries in anything from sweet and savory jams and salsas to crisp, fresh salads or cold frozen treats. I really haven’t met a strawberry recipe I didn’t fall in love with and devour, including this recipe from TK member angpritch (Angela). I mean, c’mon— strawberries, streusel, and white chocolate, all atop a crispy oatmeal cookie bar. This recipe had me at strawberry, and sold me with the white chocolate drizzle!
You can also see it HERE on Tasty Kitchen!
To make these heavenly bars you will need old fashioned oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, chilled butter, strawberries, strawberry jam, lemon zest, and white chocolate.
With a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour and oat mixture. I used my free hand to scrape down the sides of the bowl to better incorporate all of the dry ingredients with the butter.
There are a few things that are certain when I’m cutting in butter. For one I will be flinging flour coated butter crumbles everywhere and making somewhat of a mess. And the moment my arm becomes tired, I will want to throw in the towel because I’m feeling that I can no longer do it… just then is when it becomes easier and starts coming together. So just hang in there… you’re almost done!
In a small sauce pan heat up a half cup of strawberry jam and the teaspoon of lemon zest over low heat until the jam is warm and spreadable. You could also warm the jam in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir in the lemon zest, if you want to dirty fewer dishes.
Once the strawberry bars are cooled it’s time to prepare the white chocolate drizzle. Place the white chocolate into a glass bowl and set over a pot of simmering water. Gently stir until completely melted.
My family and I truly enjoyed every piece right down to the last oatmeal crumble… a definite keeper!
My Additional Notes: The preserves I used were a bit chunkier and I found that I needed a little extra of it to cover my bars so I added two more heaping tablespoons.
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