Oatmeal Raisin BarsCombine in a saucepan:
2 ½ c. raisins
¾ c. water
¼ c. sugar
3 T. lemon juice
2 T. cornstarch
(OR for date bars, use 3 c. chopped dates + 1 ½ c. water)
Cook over low heat until thick. Cool.
Combine in a mixing bowl:
¾ c. butter or margarine
¾ c. brown sugar
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1 ¾ c. flour
1 ½ c. rolled oats
Mix with an electric mixer until crumbly, or combine ingredients by hand with a pastry blender.
Firmly press half of the crumb mixture into a greased 9” x 13” pan. Spread the cooled filling over top, and cover with the remaining crumb mixture, patting down lightly.
Bake at 400º for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top starts to get slightly brown. Cool. Cut into bars.
These cookies freeze well, if you can keep from eating them all as soon as they're baked!