5 stars! I agree with an earlier reviewer that this needs to be mixed in a stand mixer in order to incorporate the dry ingredients with the butter. You migh increase butter to 1 more tablespoon to improve butter-taste of the crumb, as well as increase brown sugar to 3/4 cup. Remember, if you follow the recipe as is, the leaveners (salt and baking soda) might make it taste a bit bland, as another reviewer mentioned. When mixing the butter, I suggest creaming it for a few minutes to ensure it is fluffy. Then add one whole egg to the butter to give it some added moisture since all the ingredients are otherwise dry! Be careful to just incorporate everything in the mixer; otherwise, you will get a gooey mix! If you want to avoid sticking, line your 9x9 (or 9x13 if you are doubling the recipe) with parchment paper, leaving an overlap on both sides (don't forget to spray the parchment!). That way, after you bake it and let it cool, you can just lift the whole thing out of the pan and slide the parchment off. I would suggest using a serated knife when you cut these squares, dipping in warm water and then wiping off the blade before you make the next cut....makes a better presentation!
If you don't want to be stuck using just preserves, try commercial pie fillings like peach, strawberry, cherry, or blueberry. I would also suggest trying a "cobbler" effect with the oat mixture instead of adding a solid layer on top.
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5 stars! I agree with an earlier reviewer that this needs to be mixed in a stand mixer in...