I was excited to have the opportunity to choose the recipes for this month’s Cookie Carnival! Normally Tami (who came up with the idea) at Tami’s Kitchen Table Talk choose the recipes and hosts the round-up. Click the picture below to visit where she posts the monthly round-ups.
I thought the two recipes I selected were perfect for May, but unfortunately I only had time to bake one of them during May.
I started with the recipe for Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars on the Better Homes & Gardens website.
Start with an oatmeal crust:
Make a strawberry and rhubarb filling:
I made a number of small changes to the recipe. I altered the filling because I wanted to use up more of the rhubarb I had. I realize that the sugar in the filling is in the recipe to balance out the tartness of the rhubarb, but I decreased the sugar (while increasing the rhubarb) because I do not mind the tart flavor – I thought it was a tasty complement to the sweet cinnamon spiced oatmeal crust.
I also left off the ginger icing, added cinnamon and left out the ginger, and used cran-raspberry juice (light) in place of water.
Krista’s Strawberry Rhubarb Bars – Modified from Better Homes & Gardens
- 1 1/2 cups Oatmeal
- 1 cup Flour
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 3/4 cup Butter
- 3 cups Chopped Fresh Rhubarb
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Cran-Raspberry Juice
- 2 cups Chopped Strawberries
In bowl stir together oats, flour, and 3/4 cup sugar. Use a pastry blender to cut butter into dry mixture until the mixture is crumbly. Remove 1 1/2 cups of the oatmeal mixture and set aside. Press remaining oatmeal mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake 20 minutes in preheated 350 (F) degree oven.
While that is baking, place rhubarb, 1/4 cup sugar, and juice in a saucepan. Cook about 8 minutes until filling is beginning to thicken. Add strawberries. Cooking 5 more minutes. Remove from heat. Spoon all of the filling over the baked oatmeal crust. Sprinkle with reserved oatmeal mixture and press lightly into rhubarb filling.
Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy! Drizzle with icing if desired.
You may also be interested in some of my past “Cookie Carnival’ posts: