Friday, October 29, 2010

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

I'm busy baking again, in preparation for another Summerhill class next weekend, so I thought I'd share one of the cookie recipes I made today. These Raisin Bars are one of my favorites. I've been making them ever since I got married, and my kids loved them as an after-school snack when they were growing up. These cookies are so yummy, with that nice fruit filling in the middle and sweet crumb base and topping. Great with a cup of tea or a glass of milk.

 Oatmeal Raisin Bars
Combine 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 400ยบ for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top starts to get slightly brown. Cool. Cut into bars.

Recipe notes:
These cookies freeze well, if you can keep from eating them all as soon as they're baked!


  1. I am doing a blog and was wondering if i could use the photo of the raisin bars. Thanks

  2. Sure, just be sure to note the source.


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