Happy weekend, friends! It’s rare for me to post on a Saturday. Heck, it’s rare for me to post at all these days. But, I made these treats last weekend with good intentions of sharing them during the week so you could consider them for your Valentine’s baking. And now that the weekend is here I thought I’d share in case you have an itch to be in the kitchen. Or an itch to eat yummy treats. Or both.
Last Sunday I found myself with a pint of strawberries on the verge of going bad, so I needed to use them up and fast. And why not combine them with butter, sugar, oatmeal and white chocolate?
Strawberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Based on this recipe from Baked by Rachel
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup white chocolate chips (for topping only)
- 2 cups of sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 TBSP cornstarch
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all crust/topping ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in one bowl and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into pea-sized pieces and combine the ingredients together. (It will be a bit of a workout, which will help justify eating the treats.)
If you don’t have a pastry blender, I suppose you could use a couple of knives and work the butter into small pieces. The idea is that the crust/topping is crumbly, not well combined.
Reserve one cup of the mixture for the topping and put it aside.
Next combine the sliced strawberries with the other filling ingredients and mix well. Then pack the crust mixture into the bottom of a well-greased pie plate (or 8×8 square pan).
Place the strawberries on top, then sprinkle the topping mixture and white chocolate chips over the strawberries.
Pop the pan into the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and you should easily be able to slice the bars and remove them from the pan.
By the way, I had the fantastic idea of drizzling white chocolate over the finished bars, but I forgot how easily white chocolate burns and I nearly started a fire in our microwave. Oops! What can I say, my baking adventures are rarely flawless!
What kinds of Valentine’s day treats are you baking, buying or eating?