Oatmeal and Raisin Spice Cookie Bars

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Cookin-jo

These can be made into individual cookies but seem easier baked in a pan and then cut. Substitute dried cranberries or dried chopped apricots if you like. They are very thin bars. From Simply Heartsmart by Bonnie Stern.

Top Review by Eldeevee

I love oatmeal raisin cookies, but really do not care for the waiting for each batch to be done. These bars solve the problem! I substituted butter for the margarine and were delighted with the results. I lined my pan with parchment paper and that worked well without adding extra fat. I would recommend that you use the back of a spoon to spread the batter around, unless you enjoy eating it off of your fingers. Thanks for posting, this will be a school lunch staple.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Brush a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with oil, then line with parchment paper or foil, pressing paper down firmly so it stays. Leave a slight overhang of paper.
  2. In mixing bowl cream the margarine or butter until light. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix in well.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Mix into the batter, then stir in the oatmeal and raisins.
  4. Press dough evenly into the lined baking pan. (This is the messy part.) The dough will be a bit sticky and there will seem to be almost not enough to fill the pan.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Bake a bit less for chewier bars, a bit more for crispy bars.
  6. Let cool for 3 or 4 minutes, then lift gently out of the pan. Cool a couple more minutes, cut into squares, then cool fully.

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