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Oatmeal Cookie Bars Recipe

Oatmeal Cookie Bars

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"These bars taste just like oatmeal cookies!"

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. To make Filling: In a saucepan over low heat, combine dates, water, white sugar, and lemon juice. Heat for about 8 minutes, or until thick. Set aside to let cool.
  3. To make Pastry: In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats and salt. Mix until well blended. Add in shortening until mixture forms into coarse crumbs.
  4. Press half of pastry mix into pan. Cover with date mixture and spread remaining pastry mix over the top.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on wire rack before cutting.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 26, 2008

I gave this five stars in that it is a quite versatile recipe. I have boiled up raisins in half water and half lemon juice. I added 1/2 tablespoon corntarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water to the fruit, to thicken it. I have also used dried apricots and/or an assortment of dried fruits that I put in the food processor to chop up. I boiled these in orange juice (no water). In the oatmeal mixture, I added 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, just to give it a little more flavor. Another filling is Cranraisins and dried apples boiled in apple juice. I am sure that others will come up with many other varitions.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 27, 2007

Too sweet, and not a good flavor - not sure dates should be part of most oatmeal bar/cookie recipes.

 

20 Ratings

Jan 23, 2006

This was great. My husband asks for them on a weekly basis. One note, press down slightly on the top layer of oatmeal...tastes better.

 
Feb 19, 2004

Very good. Taste alot like cereal bars but better. I used butter flavored Crisco and added a little cinnamon to the oatmeal mixture. Thanks for the recipe!

 
Oct 07, 2009

These Oatmeal Cookie Bars are awesome! I made a few substitutions: I didn't have dates so I used raisins (but I'm going to make sure I have dates on hand the next time I make these); I replaced the white sugar with Splenda and the brown sugar with Splenda brown sugar blend to cut down on some of the sugar and calories; I used butter instead of shortening. I also added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the pastry and half a teaspoon to the filling. The resulting bars were so buttery and cinnamony good it was hard to stop eating them.

 
Apr 12, 2010

I used figs instead of dates and I love figs and oats so I love these. I also added flaxseed meal (about 3 T), wheat germ (maybe 4 T) and around a t of cinnamon, 1/8 t cloves and 1/8 t fresh ground nutmeg to the pastry for a crunchier, more cohesive flavor. I like the salt in the pastry but think a dash under 1/2 t would be better. I also used 1/2 butter, 1/2 shortening to pump up the richness. I can't wait for this batch to cool! YUM!

 
Jul 15, 2009

Very good. My boyfriend loved them. One of the other reviewers wrote that these are "too sweet". The pastry part actually isn't that sweet, it's the date filling. So if you don't like sweet, just spread on a thinner layer of the filling.

 
Mar 22, 2010

A nice basic date bar recipe. Very good.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 103 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.4 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 26 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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