Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, pumpkin | 0 comments

I present to you my Chewy Filled Bars: a versatile recipe that can use any number of fruit preserves, fruit butters, or other sweet filling, combined with different nuts or seeds, all to unique, delicious result.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

These pictures display the recipe using Sprouts Cherry Preserves (with slivered almonds and almond extract) and Sprouts Maple Pumpkin Butter (with pepitas and almond extract).

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

However, I also made the same recipe using Trader Joe’s cinnamon bun filling (with chopped pecans and vanilla extract) and Apple Cider Spread (with chopped walnuts and vanilla extract). Every single version was awesome.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

The jarred filling I used varied from 12 to 14 ounces. All worked well, though the Cinnamon Bun Filling required a 40 minute bake to set. I liked mixing in different nuts or seeds to pair with the filling, but you could also omit that ingredient completely, if desired.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

No matter the mix-ins, the result is a pleasantly thick, chewy bar that is just sweet enough.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

 

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

This versatile base recipe can accommodate many different fillings, all of them delicious. Pick a jar of fruit preserves, fruit butter, or other sweet filling. Pick a complementary nut or seed. Pick an extract. Mix up. Enjoy!
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Keyword: almond, bars, oats, preserves, pumpkin, walnuts
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 13x9 pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract or substitute vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or sliced almonds or substitute other nuts or seeds
  • 12 to 14 ounce fruit preserves or fruit butter or other sweet filling; possibilities include cherry preserves, pumpkin butter, cinnamon bun filling, etc

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add brown sugar and baking powder. Follow up with egg and almond extract. Gradually mix in flour, oats, and sliced almonds.
  • Set aside 1 cup of dough. Press the rest into the bottom of the prepared pan. A piece of waxed paper and heavy glass will help to compress it into a form, even layer. Spread preserves over top. Crumble the reserved dough over the fruit.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until top is lightly brown and no longer wobbly in the middle. Completely cool at room temperature, speeding process in the fridge, if desired. Use foil to lift contents onto cutting board to slice up.
  • Store in sealed containers with waxed paper or parchment between the layers. Keeps at room temperature for days, and can also be frozen for weeks.

OM NOM NOM!

    Bready or Not Original: Chewy Filled Bars

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