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.
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
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup raisins, plus 1/2 cup water
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!