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Cranberry-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Bars

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If cranberries and raisins aren’t what you’re looking for, you can easily swap out chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or any other dried fruit combination.

These are so much easier and faster than cookies, and they’re a big hit with the family!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Salted Butter
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ¾ cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 3 cups Rolled Oats
  • ½ cups Raisins
  • ½ cups Dried Cranberries

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream butter with sugars. Add egg and vanilla, and blend well.

Combine cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour. Add this to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.

Stir in oats, then stir in your dried fruit or chocolate chips, whichever you’re adding.

(If you’re trying to make several people in your household happy, like I usually do, then split your dough in half. Add chocolate chips to one half and dried fruit to the other half; or use any combination your crew prefers.)

Generously butter a 13×9 glass baking dish. Press dough into dish, making it mostly level.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.

Cool for about 20 minutes to eat warm, or cool completely to get more perfectly sliced bars. No need to remove them from the pan for cooling.

You can cut these into 24 bars or 48 squares. (I cut the 13 inch side into 8 sections, and the 9 inch side into 3 sections, giving me 24 bars. Sometimes I’ll cut all those bars in half, if I’m trying to be reasonable.)

*NOTE: If you like your cookie bars very full of stuff, this dough can accommodate double the amount of fruit or chocolate. Go ahead and add 2 cups of chocolate chips if you’d like! Chocolate chips and dried tart cherries are an awesome combination, too (1/2 to 1 cup of each).

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Jacki on 3.5.2011

Hey Shari! I’m so glad you liked the cherry/chocolate combo! It’s definitely one of my favorites. I also love your idea of skipping the cinnamon and adding mint chocolate chips – that sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it!

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Meaghan on 3.3.2011

You had me at cranberry-raisin oatmeal!

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shari on 3.3.2011

I love all the “options”!!! When you mentioned chocolate chips and dried tart cherries, I knew you could be my friend! : ) I’m definitely making these.

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brmerry on 3.12.2011

I made these last night and they were delicious! Perfect for dessert, and I also took them to work this morning and everyone loved them as a morning snack.

I made a few changes: I used whole wheat flour instead of white and Brummel & Brown’s yogurt butter instead of butter. I also added a tablespoon of flaxseed to give it a little extra goodness, and used chocolate chips and dried cranberries! I cut the recipe in half and cooked it in an 8×8 pan for 20 minutes. Delish!!!

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shari on 3.4.2011

These bars are so easy and so good! I used whole wheat flour instead of the white and they were spectacular! I added chocolate chips and dried cherries this time. Next time I might just skip the cinnamon and only add some mint chocolate chips. How good does that sound? And then the next time……probably dried fruit and nuts. The possible ‘add-ins’ are truly endless! Oh yeah, and maybe some coconut too! : )

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