Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Yesterday was an unusually cold day, temperatures in the 50 to 60’s, when it is normally 80 to 90 in July. This cold weather made me want to warm up the house with a delicious treat. One of my favorite cookies are oatmeal raisin, they just have this wonderful aroma while baking, cinnamon and nutmeg fill the air during baking and the spicy, yet sweet flavor can warm you. So, on this chilly day, I modified an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Cookies, you have to scoop, pan, bake, remove, and repeat; I decided to pan them as bars and make one trip to the oven. Less work with the same reward.

Recipe:

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

1 1/2 cup flour (gluten free flour can also be used)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 stick butter or margin, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup raisins, plus 1/2 cup water

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

Dash of cinnamon

Step 1: Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Place the 1 cup of raisins in a small bowl and add 1/2 cup water to soak while mixing other ingredients.

Step 2: In large bowl mix softened butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well mixed. Add in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Mix until well combined. Mix in oats, drain water from raisins and fold in raisins to oat mixture.

Step 3: Smooth into pan and bake 20-23 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Step 4: While bars cool, mix 3 tablespoons milk to 1 cup powdered sugar (add more milk slowly if needed) to a glaze consistency. Sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon. Pour over warm bars.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

5 years

At my place of work, we celebrated my 5 year anniversary with the company.  There were treats from a local bakery and reminiscing about my interview process and first day on the job.  One very special co-worker sent home with me her famous chocolate chip cookies.  I love these cookies!  I resisted opening the bag during the celebration, as to not be rude, but in my short walk out to my car afterward, I could hear the cookies calling my name.  It wasn’t 5 minutes in the car, before I had unwrapped the gift bag, and devoured one cookie.  Due to the 100 degree heat, I had the evidence of chocolate all over.  I did however limit myself to one, as to be able to take this picture and share it with you.  Thank you Linda!!!!!

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. – Virginia Woolf

I am entering this new world of food blogging, a whole new place for me!  I decided to call this blog Saved by the Food. I grew up on Saved by the Bell  and when you have those days where you feel so famished, that food literally saves you!  I invite you along on my journey as I am saved by food, wether it be a food find, recipe, or restaurant.