Marionberries are Oregon. They are beloved to all who live here and those who visit too. They’re a type of blackberry developed in Marion County, Oregon in the 1950’s. Marionberries are referred to as the “Cabernet of Blackberries” for their complex, rich earthy flavor. 90% of the world’s Marionberries are grown in Oregon. So yeah, we love Marionberries!
Marionberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Super simple Marionberry oatmeal cookie bars were greeted with “oooohhhh” and “yesssss” and “of course” at the Tualatin Farmers’ Market. Children are either big fans of free cookies or suspicious I’m a stranger offering them poison. Kids I get. Adults with the same responses which make me laugh a little.
I promised to post this recipe in the morning. Obviously that didn’t happen. After picking blueberries this morning, I came home for a “little” nap. I woke up four hours later. I guess a 3 day trip to DC this week, the market on Friday, then up early for picking wiped me out. My apologies for the delay.
Adopted from A Whisk and a Prayer Marionberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cups flour
- 1 cups oats
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 jar Aunt Becky’s Marionberry Jam
- Combine sugar, flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a bowl
- Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly
- Spray an 8×8 pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper
- Pat half of mixture into pan
- Spread Aunt Becky’s Marionberry Jam on top
- Sprinkle remaining batter on top and pat down gently
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes
I confess that I ate these for breakfast on Friday morning. If you have a slightly increased level of self-control, they are great for dessert too. My life motto is “everything is better with ice cream”. So yeah, these are pretty awesome alone or warmed up with a scoop of ice cream.