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Apple Streusel Bars

Crust & Streusel
 
2 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned), uncooked
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup margarine or butter, melted
 
Filling
 
3 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples (about 3 medium)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (12-oz.) jar raspberry or apricot preserves (1 cup)
 
Heat oven to 375 deg. 
 
For crust & streusel:  Combine oats, flour, sugar and baking powder; mix well.  Add margarine, mixing until moistened.  Reserve 2 cups; set aside.  Press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan.  Bake 15 minutes.
 
For filling:  Combine apples and flour.  Stir in preserves.  Spread onto crust to within 1/2" of edge.  Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, pressing in lightly.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely.  Cut into bars.
 
Makes 2 dozen bars.