Project Give: Baking For Veterans

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I finally got around to uploading the pictures I took of the bars I made! YAY! It’s only been a week so I guess it’s not that bad. Anyway, when I started volunteering at the VA hospital I wanted bake as well. It seemed like a great idea because I got to see veterans and volunteers and bake for them. The guys loved the bars I made them and one of them even commented that I used really good butter! Haha 🙂 I’m using my Dixie Crystal cookie tin I got from The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013. It works like a charm. I already have people saying, “are you making more?” My supervisor told me to fill it up the next time I come in. Roger that sir! 🙂

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars (adapted from PW)
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 sticks butter (softened works best)
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 12oz jar of raspberry preserves

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– in a large bowl, add all ingredients except the preserves
– using a fork or a pastry cutter, mix the dry ingredients with the butter until you get coarse like bread crumbs
– pour half of the mixture into a baking dish (13×9) and press down slightly
– pour the jar of preserves on top and smooth out (make sure you warm it up a bit so it spreads easily)
– pour the second half of the mixture on top and flatten slightly
– bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes
– let cool completely before cutting into (it could take several hours but you want the preserves to set so it doesn’t become a mess)
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These bars are delicious! I also made a batch of boysenberry ones. They didn’t really care which ones were which because most of them ate both. I’m glad they enjoyed them! I was hesitant about bringing them because I only bake for friends and family. You should try it out! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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