Vanishing Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Bars

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I found the recipe for these little beauties in one of the greatest places to find good food.

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Besides church cookbooks, one of the best places to find new recipes is on the back of cake mix boxes and, as it turns out, inside the Quaker oat box.  I did doctor it up a bit (of course), though.

My uni-dimpled, in-house food critic says these are the best thing I’ve ever made. He says that a lot; however, his rapid consumption of these might point to truth-telling this time.

Here’s what you need:

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Some butter, oats, sugars (white and brown), flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, raisins, and vanilla.

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And two eggs. I forgot.

All regular stuff you probably already have. Nothing fancy.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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In the mixer, beat the softened butter and two sugars until they are yummy. Like this.

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Then, add the eggs and vanilla and whip her up.

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Next, set up a separate bowl with a sifter of some sort.

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Run the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt through it.

Incorporate the flour mixture into the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla mixture. Then, mix in the oats and raisins.

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Press the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until done throughout.

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Cool and cut into squares.

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Serve them to your in-house food critics. You’re sure to see the dimple.

Notes:

1. One could, if he/she wanted, make these into cookies.  Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool a minute on the sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

2. One could, if he/she were so industrious, bake them for his/her favorite nephew’s Pizookie Party in little, cast-iron skillets.

3. One could, if he/she were so moved by the Spirit, top these with, say, a scoop of vanilla ice cream while they were still a bit warm.

4. One could, if he/she were so inclined, add a cup-and-a-half or so of chocolate chips to the batter. I’m just sayin’.

Click, print, clip, and cook: Vanishing Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Bars

In love with oatmeal and raisins,

AinW

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