Friday, February 4, 2011

Oatmeal Bars

Sometimes the best recipes are still found on the ingredient boxes! My family loves the Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I found on a canister a few years ago. This makes a very moist, yummy and nutritious (well at least somewhat) snack for anytime! I very seldom make the actual cookies though- probably 90% of the time I make these into the bar variation listed in the directions. I will post the recipe how we make them, but if you want to make cookies instead, just refer to the link above! Some of variations include adding 1 cup raisins or chopped nuts. Or omit the cinnamon and nutmeg and add 1 cup chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips. Yum!

Ingredients (Makes 24 bars)

1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (omit if you use salted butter)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg and mix well. Stir in oats until combined.

Press dough into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.


1 comment:

Lisa said...

What a good healthy treat. They sound delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your bars up.