Life is still crazy and I am trying to maintain my own sanity through all the craziness that is swirling around right now. I have been back on my dessert kick, despite my best efforts to try and get a better sweet/savory balance around here. I get a lot of comfort from baking, and, thanks to all the chaos, I have been yearning for that comfort and reassurance.
These bars are about as "comfort food" as you can get. They are a really yummy dessert and would probably make a darn good breakfast treat, too. They've got oatmeal in them and oatmeal's breakfast food, right? If there's one thing that Southerners have done for ages, it's trying to justify eating dessert any old time we want and saying it's good for us -- putting vegetables like zucchini and carrots in our breads and cakes, putting beans in pies (there's a traditional Southern pie whose filling is made from navy beans), we even put tomato soup in cake (if you want my recipe, click here.) Surely with all that oatmeal and jam I can qualify these bars as being somewhat good for me. I'll just ignore the pile of butter and sugar and soak up all the comfort I can.
Mix together your dry stuff, including a good measure of oats and brown sugar.
Cube up a pile of cold butter.