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Oatmeal Fig Bars

Good for breakfast or a lunch box snack  - anytime. These Oatmeal Fig Bars are happy either with a big plop of ice-cream on top or eaten right over the sink. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened at room temp
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C oatmeal
  • 1 ½ C flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt *see note below if doubling
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 jar Trader Joe's Fig Butter 11 oz or 1 ⅓ cup approx *see note below

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease or lightly spray a 9" square baking pan.
  • Cream butter in mixer until creamy.
  • Add brown sugar to butter and mix until lightened and well blended, about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
  • Add vanilla to mixer.
  • Combine next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl and lightly stir with a fork.
  • Add dry ingredients into mixing bowl and mix on low until worked in completely.
  • Pat ⅔ of mixture into bottom of prepared pan. If needed, use a piece of parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray to help spread it evenly in the pan as the dough will be somewhat sticky.
  • Spread contents of entire jar of fig butter evenly over crust.
  • Place (plop!) the remaining crust over the fig jam and lightly press down.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, checking for a golden color on top.
  • Remove from oven and cool before cutting into bars.

Notes

  • Use your favorite jam or fruit butter - even homemade works. 
  • Stonewall Kitchen makes a fab Fig and Ginger Jam that works beautifully in these bars. Use the whole jar as well.
  • Serve with ice cream (caramel, vanilla, butter pecan..even dark chocolate plays nice with figs!)
  • Doubling the recipe. Can be doubled but only increase the salt to by ¼ teaspoon for a total of 1 ¼. Some readers have used only 1 teaspoon when doubling with great success. Also bake for 35 minutes and check every five minutes or so thereafter until golden brown.