Oatmeal Prune Bars

Course : Bars
Serves: 1
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2 cups california prunes -- pitted and chopped
1/2 cup water
10 ounces orange marmalade
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups quick rolled oats
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine

Preparation / Directions:

Makes 36 cookies 1. Combine prunes, water, marmalade and salt in saucepan; bring to a boil. 2. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; cool. Cookies: 1. Combine oats, flour, salt, baking soda and sugar in a large mixing bowl; blend well. 2. Add shortening and butter; mix until evenly distributed in dry ingredients. 3. Divide in half; pack one-half into bottom of 9-inch square baking pan; spread with prune filling. 4. Pat remaining oatmeal mixture on top of filling; bake in preheated 350 F. oven 45 to 50 minutes. 5. Cool in pan on wire rack; cut into bars 1 x 2 inches. NOTE: Good, not too rich! Very crumbly. Keeps well.

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