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Chocolaty Raisin Oat Bars Recipe

These attractive layered bars have a similar taste to chocolate-covered raisins. "Yum!" is usually how folks describe every bite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • 1. In a microwave, combine milk and chocolate. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted; stir until smooth. Stir in raisins; set aside to cool slightly.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the remaining ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be crumbly). Set aside half for topping.
  • 3. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with the chocolate raisin mixture. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture; press down lightly.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 140 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.