dessert — kid-approved

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Sweet and easy strawberry oatmeal cookie bars featuring whole wheat flour and strawberry preserves. |
Sweet and easy strawberry oatmeal cookie bars featuring whole wheat flour and strawberry preserves. |
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 35 minutes
yield 16 servings


Whether you’re in need of something sweet for a summer BBQ or searching for a homemade dessert to pack in your kiddo’s lunchbox, these oatmeal cookie bars are sure to impress! They’re easy to make ahead of time, yet simple enough to make as a spur of the moment treat. One bite and you’ll be dreaming of strawberry picking and summertime fun. Our thanks to Yummy Toddler Food for this recipe.

BY:Yummy Toddler Food


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large Nellie’s Free Range Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup Nellie's Free Range Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup natural strawberry preserves


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a square 8-inch metal baking pan with a piece of parchment paper so it comes up and over two sides by about an inch (you’ll use it to lift the finished bars out of the pan). Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the eggs, butter, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Use clean hands or a fork to gently mix the dough together until it’s uniform and crumbly. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture.
  • Add the remaining mixture to the bottom of the prepared pan, pressing evenly to cover the bottom and to fill in any holes. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and evenly spread the preserves over top. Crumble the remaining dough mixture over top to cover evenly and press it down slightly. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack until room temperature. Use the parchment paper to remove from the pan and slice into bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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Comments Reviews

SueMay 30, 2023

I seen this recipe and can’t wait to try it! I was wondering if I could double it and Put in a 9x13 pan.


Hi Sue, we encourage you to give it a try! Doubling the recipe should work for the larger pan.

Ashley January 23, 2023

So delicious!! Kids loved them and said it looked like a strawberry pie until I cut them into little squares. I used all purpose flour because that’s what I had and recipe was just as good. I would’ve liked the top crumble pieces to stick better to the jam, but overall taste great! Just a little messy for the toddlers, but what toddler isn’t messy?! :)


Hi Ashley! We are stoked to hear that you and the kiddos enjoyed the recipe!

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