Quick and easy, but they taste so decadent.

Megan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left. Press 1/2 of the oats mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. In a separate bowl, mix jam with water, and spread over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; 8.7 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 208 mg sodium. 31.8 g carbohydrates; 2.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (319)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
I love these! I've made these a dozen times and here are a couple suggestions that I've found make them even better: As another user suggested use 1 Tbsp lemon juice instead of the 1 Tbsp water. Also I always add a few splashes of milk or evaporated milk of half and half (whatever I have on hand)to the cake mixture. It makes the bars stick together much better and they don't come out too crumbly at all. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2009
As is it's a great BASE recipe. I took another reviewer's advice and used a lemon cake mix. I also used fresh lemon juice in place of the water with the raspberry preserves. I didn't have any problem with sticky dough. It was a bit dry but it all worked out in the end. To take it over the top I drizzled homemade lemon glaze with fresh lemon juice over the top. Ordinary dessert made extraordinary. NOTE: Try making it this way. Addictive little bars lemme tell you. Read More
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384 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 94
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
I love these! I've made these a dozen times and here are a couple suggestions that I've found make them even better: As another user suggested use 1 Tbsp lemon juice instead of the 1 Tbsp water. Also I always add a few splashes of milk or evaporated milk of half and half (whatever I have on hand)to the cake mixture. It makes the bars stick together much better and they don't come out too crumbly at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
I love these! I've made these a dozen times and here are a couple suggestions that I've found make them even better: As another user suggested use 1 Tbsp lemon juice instead of the 1 Tbsp water. Also I always add a few splashes of milk or evaporated milk of half and half (whatever I have on hand)to the cake mixture. It makes the bars stick together much better and they don't come out too crumbly at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2006
Oh man these are good! I used lemon cake mix and instead of adding water to the jam I used lemon juice. The lemon-raspberry combo is simply wonderful. These came together so easily; they'll be a regular around here! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2003
Wonderful snack! Healthy too since I replaced apple sauce instead of butter! I will make this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2003
This is the easiest recipe with the best results. I make them the night before and cover the sheet pan with foil and cut in the a.m. It can even be made up to 2 days ahead to be cut up on the third dat. This is a big hit at our bake sale and my brother-in-law has me make them every year for his birthday. This is not a cakey recipe. It doesnt even taste like cake people can believe it when i give them the recipe. Try other fillings like fluff and chocolate chips peanut butter chips Anything goes with this!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2007
I love this recipe! When the bars cool I like to melt about 2 Tbsp. of white or cream cheese frosting in a bowl. Then I drizzle lines over the top in a lattice pattern. Gives these bars a certain finishing touch. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2005
This bar was very good but too sweet for my taste. I served them at a baby shower and everyone loved them. They're the easiet and fastest recipe to make. I think next time I would use 2 cups of jam to create a fruitier flavor. All I could really taste was the cake mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2006
Wonderful and quick recipe. I also only had lemon cake mix on hand and they turned out wonderful. I also substitued the water for lemon juice. A few tips: - Do not overbake or they will be very dry. Mine took only 16 min. to bake completely. - Make sure your butter is completely melted. - Cut the squares when they are completely cooled or they will crumble on you! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2008
I enhanced the flavor a little with adding 1/2 tsp. Vanilla and almond extracts to the dough. It really gave this recipe a boost. Will make again thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
I made these using butter instead of margarine Pilsbury Golden Butter yellow cake mix and strawberry preserves. The butter and butter-flavored cake mix became a little overwhelming after two or three bars. Next time I'll use just a basic yellow mix. Also I used about 1 1/2 cups of preserves and would still like more fruit flavor next time. Awesome quick and easy recipe to have on hand with endless possibilities. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2009
As is it's a great BASE recipe. I took another reviewer's advice and used a lemon cake mix. I also used fresh lemon juice in place of the water with the raspberry preserves. I didn't have any problem with sticky dough. It was a bit dry but it all worked out in the end. To take it over the top I drizzled homemade lemon glaze with fresh lemon juice over the top. Ordinary dessert made extraordinary. NOTE: Try making it this way. Addictive little bars lemme tell you. Read More
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