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Oatmeal bar recipe please


Here's my favorite oatmeal bar recipe.  I use raisins and flax seed, toast the coconut, any type of nuts can be used but if you toast the nuts first (with the coconut) these are even more heavenly.  I leave out the chocolate.  It has a lot of butter (which isn't cheap) but I think the amount can be reduced.

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups packaged finely shredded unsweetened coconut
12 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), cut into 1/2-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup almonds with skins (4 oz), toasted, cooled, and chopped

Preheat oven to 375F.

Beat together butter and sugars in a bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add eggs and beat until just blended, then beat in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Add flour and mix at low speed until just blended. Stir in oats, coconut, chocolate, and almonds.

Arrange 1/4-cup mounds of cookie dough about 3 inches apart on 2 lightly buttered large baking sheets (about 8 cookies per sheet), then gently pat down each mound to about 1/2 inch thick. Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position and rotating pans halfway through baking, until golden, 15 to 18 minutes total.

Cool cookies on sheets 1 minute, then transfer with a spatula to racks to cool completely. Make more cookies in same manner.

• Toast nuts in a shallow baking pan in a 350F oven until golden, 5 to 10 minutes.

Makes about 24 large cookies.

Comments from epicurious members:
A Cook from amherstburg, ontario on 03/14/06
This is by far the best oatmeal cookie I've ever made. I did omit the 6 tbsp. of sugar, the salt (used salted butter), and the coconut. I added 1/2 cup wheat germ and 1/4 cup oat bran to add some health! I make them twice a week. We are addicted!
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A Cook from Hilo, HI on 02/23/06
Wow! I've never been a fan of oatmeal cookies, but made this recipe because I was looking for an energy bar for my husband. I'm a convert now. I subsapplesuted raisins for the chocolate, toasted the coconut, added 1/4 cup flax seeds and used walnuts instead of almonds. Followed another rater's advice and spread in 9x13 pan, baked at 350 for 30 minutes also, and ended up with the most scrumptious energy-packed bar cookies. I'll be making this recipe regularly.

Here is one....
This recipe yields 2 dozen bars.

1/2-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 8-oz container vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. fat-free milk
2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. salt (optional)
3 c. oats (old fashioned or quick, uncooked)
1 c. diced dried mixed fruit, raisins, or dried cranberries

In a large bowl, combine the sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk and vanilla. Mix well. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Add to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and fruit. Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 9x13 pan and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 28-32 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars and store in a covered container.


My kids LLOOOOOVVVEEE the oatmeal bars that are filled with fruit, but they are so expensive!!  :(
Does anyone have a recepie so I can make them at home and save some money?
Thank you!!!  ;D


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