Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal Bars

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The recipe I’m sharing today came about because I got distracted when making basic oatmeal cookies one day.  I really like the recipe that is in the lid of the oatmeal box, but when making them a while back I got distracted and left out two thirds of the oatmeal that the recipe called for.  Because I was in a hurry I just dumped the dough in a casserole dish.  What came of that hurried mistake was a moist oatmeal bar.  They have the consistency closer to a brownie than a cookie.  After making these several times I also started adding twice the amount of ground cinnamon, because, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

So, here is the recipe  I use for the bars:

1/2 C plus 6 T butter (softened)

3/4 C firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 C granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 C Oats (both quick and old fashioned work

1 C raisins (optional)

1 Bag of butterscotch chips

( I use one or the other; raisins or the butterscotch chips.  I have made these with out either and they are still really good. 🙂 )

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugars until creamy.  (Can be done by hand or with a mixer.)

3.  In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt (make sure to mix these ingredients well.)

4. Add oats and raisins or butterscotch chips and mix well.

5. Pour dough into a greased 9×13 baking dish.

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes.  (Until gone in the middle.)

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