raspberry bars

Summer desserts are often centered on fruits of the season.  Here is a delicious raspberry bar recipe that begins with the Jiffy raspberry muffin mix.  The recipe comes from the Jiffy mixes recipe book.  The bars are perfect for an easy dessert for a summer barbecue.

To make the dessert bars:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a square ceramic dish with Pam spray.  Mix together one box of Jiffy raspberry muffin mix, 5 tablespoons softened margarine, 1/4 cup quick oats, and 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.

Divide out 1/4 cup of the crumb mixture and place in a bowl for the topping.  With the remaining dough, press into the square pan.  Next, spread 1/2 cup raspberry jam on top of the dough in the pan.  Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture into dots on the top over the filling.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.  Cool completely and cut into small squares for serving.

This is a nice fruit dessert for summer parties. Serve alone or add ice cream on the side.  Whipped cream would also be delicious with this fruit bar.

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