These tender bars from Rita Christianson of Glenburn, North Dakota have a sweet raisin filling tucked between a golden oat crust and topping. The old-fashioned treats are perfect for potlucks and cost a mere 20¢ each.
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- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
- 2 cups raisins
- CRUMB MIXTURE:
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold margarine
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in eggs, sour cream and raisins. Cook and stir over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; set aside to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in margarine until crumbly. Firmly press 3-1/2 cups of crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with warm raisin filling. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Oatmeal Raisin Bars in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p51
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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010
"I fell in love with these cookies! Wouldnt change a thing! I brought them to work and EVERYONE else loved them too!"