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Blueberry Picnic Bars

Author/Submitted by: Woman's Day
Servings: 16
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1 1/2  c  quick-cooking oats
1/2  c  all-purpose flour
1/2  c  light brown sugar, packed
1/4  tsp  baking soda
1/8  tsp  salt
3/4  stick  unsalted butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2  c  blueberries, rinsed & patted dry
3  tbsp  sugar
2  tsp  cornstarch
1  tsp  lemon juice

Heat oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend above pan on 2 sides. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add melted butter and stir with fork until evenly moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture evenly and firmly over bottom of ungreased, foil-lined pan. Bake 12 minutes to set crust. Meanwhile preapare Filling: In a small saucepan stir berries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice over medium heat until simmering. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until juices are no longer cloudy, about 2 minutes. Spoon over crust. Crumble reserved crumb mixture over top. Bake 30 minutes until top is well browned and filling is bubbly. Let cool completely in pan. Lift foil by ends onto a cutting board. Peel off foil; cut in 2- inch squares.

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