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Cinnamon Raisin Bars Recipe

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Although these bars keep well, they don't last long with my husband around. As soon as the house fills with their wonderful aroma, he comes running!
Recommended: 25 Best Fall Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • RAISIN FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 121 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in water. Combine the flour, oats, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and beat until crumbly. Firmly press half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; set the remaining oat mixture aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth; stir in raisins. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Cool to room temperature; spread over crust.
  3. Top with reserved oat mixture; gently press down. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cinnamon; stir in enough milk to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bars. Cut and store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Cinnamon Raisin Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p76


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