Blueberry Jam Bars

My first baking love will probably always be chocolate. I’m sure I am not alone in that sentiment. However, I do try to vary things a bit around the BoB kitchen. These bars are a nice deviation from the norm.

I’m pretty much a fool for the crust and crumb of these bars. Butter, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans…. Yes, please! There’s just something so warm and comforting about that combination. It’s certainly hard to resist.

Blueberry Jam Bars combine your favorite jam with a buttery, nutty, oat crust.

In between those delicious layers is a thin layer of preserves. I let Quinn choose the flavor, and he picked blueberry. I must say that I think he chose wisely. The combination of blueberry preserves with the crust/crumb is just right.

If you’re an ice cream fan, these would probably be quite lovely with a little dollop of vanilla right on top. I’ll go the purist route and take them as they are.

Blueberry Jam Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Blueberry Jam Bars


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup blueberry (or other flavor) preserves


Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9″x 13″x 2″ baking pan and line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and pecans. Add butter and combine with either a mixer or a pastry blender until crumbs form. Set aside 1 & 1/2 cups of crumb mixture.

Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden.

Spread preserves over crust. Drop reserved 1 & 1/2 cups crumb mixture on top of preserves. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until top is golden. Cool completely before removing from pan and cutting into bars.


Recipe adapted from Taste of the South.

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  1. betty December 2, 2011 Reply

    I’ve always been a fan of bars, yours look chewy and that’s how I like them

  2. Cousin Tim December 2, 2011 Reply

    Uh huh…I knew you would have to venture to “not chocolate” land just to balance the entries. But I was just wondering if you could replace the preserves with Nutella…just saying. Or if you did orange marmalade you could serve them with a drizzle of Nutella…I love orange and chocolate…still just saying!!!

  3. jennifer December 2, 2011 Reply

    Tim, Nutella sounds brilliant to me. Brilliant.

  4. paddleattachment December 2, 2011 Reply

    These look wonderful. I’m partial to blueberry too.

  5. Choc Chip Uru December 3, 2011 Reply

    I would love to put brownie batter layer in between – since I am a little over partial to chocolate :)
    I’ve tried it before with other chewy bars and your recipe looks tops!

  6. Lily December 3, 2011 Reply

    Yummy! What brand of jam did you use? I can never find any that taste ‘right.’ :/

    • jennifer December 3, 2011 Reply

      Lily, I used Bonne Maman blueberry preserves.

  7. Deena@StayatHomeFOODIE December 3, 2011 Reply

    I love making my own cereal bars… at least that way I know what’s in them.
    These look delicious.

  8. Jenni December 3, 2011 Reply

    Wow, these look so delicious!!

  9. Jennifer @ Jane Deere December 5, 2011 Reply

    My husband is wild about blueberries…I can’t wait to make these for him!

  10. NRS February 24, 2012 Reply

    Looking forward to trying these. What is the best way to store? Fridge or room temp?

    • jennifer February 25, 2012 Reply

      An airtight container at room temperature is fine.

  11. NRS March 2, 2012 Reply

    Just cut the cooled bars. So so so yum! Thanks!

  12. Christy June 7, 2015 Reply

    This recipe just popped up on my FB page and since I made peach jam last week, I think I will make this but use my jam. I think it will be really yummy!

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