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Apr 6, 2011 2:01 AM

Strawberry Crumble Bars

These quick treats are fun to make with kids because all you need is a bowl and fork. Measure out the ingredients first for easy assembly (which is a great tip for grown-ups too!).

Makes 20 bars

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup quick rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold salted butter
1 large egg
1 cup strawberry or other fruit preserves

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Coat a 7-by-1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, baking powder and salt.

4. Add butter, cutting it into small pieces. Work the mixture together with your fingers until the dough looks like crumbs, with no big pieces of butter left. Scoop out 1 1/4 cups of mixture and set aside.

5. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add egg and beat with fork to combine yolk and white, then mix everything together until evenly moistened.

6. Press dough evenly over bottom of baking pan. Spread preserves over dough, then sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Let cool then cut into bars.

Susan Herr is a recipe developer, editor and food stylist who has worked for both national publications and commercial clients.

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