Oatmeal cookies and bars are always good treats, and now the leading oatmeal outfit adds incentive for noticing its product. If you use Quaker Oats' new Create Your Day digital application, thereby sending a virtual bowl of healthy oatmeal to family and friends, Quaker Oats will donate $1 per "oatmail" to Share Our Strength, a national charity aiming to end childhood hunger. The app is available at www.quakeroats.com and on the Quaker Oats Facebook page. Here's one of Quaker Oats' recipes, perfect for Valentine's Day.
Chocolate-raspberry streusel squares
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11/4 cups all-purpose flour
11/4 cups Quaker Oats (Quick or Old-Fashioned, uncooked)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) margarine or butter, chilled and cut into pieces
3/4 cup raspberry preserves or jam
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped almonds (optional)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted (optional)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugars, baking powder and salt. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture for streusel. Press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack.
2. Spread preserves evenly over hot crust to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup chocolate chips. Combine reserved oat mixture and almonds, if desired; sprinkle over chocolate chips, patting gently.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with melted white chocolate chips, if desired. Let chocolate set before cutting into squares. Store tightly covered.