Favorite family cookie bar with yummy raisin filling... (don't really know where it came from, but we've been using it for 30-plus years)

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To Make Filling: Cook over low heat the raisins, sugar, cornstarch, water and lemon juice. Stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Cool.

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  • Mix butter with sugar, add salt, baking soda, and flour, then oats. Press half of the mixture onto a greased pan (13x9x2"). Spread on filling. Pat remaining crumbs on top.

  • Press half of the mixture onto a greased pan (13x9x2 inches). Spread on filling. Pat remaining crumbs on top. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) 20-30 minutes. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

202 calories; 6.2 g total fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 120 mg sodium. 36.3 g carbohydrates; 2.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2002
Only thing I found to be slightly different is that it took the raisin filling only about a minute plus to start to thicken. I use a gas oven so perhaps that has something to do with it. I felt like it needed more liquid so I fudged and added a 1/4 blackberry wine.;-) This is such a hit with the family I don't think I'll get a chance to try it the right way! Great recipe thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/22/2006
These are ok but I wouldn't go crazy over them. The bottom/topping was really dry so they're very crumbly and a bit messy to eat. I'll eat them myself but wouldn't serve to company. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2002
Only thing I found to be slightly different is that it took the raisin filling only about a minute plus to start to thicken. I use a gas oven so perhaps that has something to do with it. I felt like it needed more liquid so I fudged and added a 1/4 blackberry wine.;-) This is such a hit with the family I don't think I'll get a chance to try it the right way! Great recipe thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2002
Only thing I found to be slightly different is that it took the raisin filling only about a minute plus to start to thicken. I use a gas oven so perhaps that has something to do with it. I felt like it needed more liquid so I fudged and added a 1/4 blackberry wine.;-) This is such a hit with the family I don't think I'll get a chance to try it the right way! Great recipe thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2003
This cookie was very good but we felt it had too many raisons so I decreased the recipe to 1 1/2 cups raisons and now we are enjoying them often. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2007
I would like to rate this four and one-half stars. The only problem is that the topping comes out a little too dry. I have made them according to the directions. I have made them adding dried apricots to the raisins..another time orange marmalade...another apricot preserves. I just made up a batch dividing the butter in half with peanut butter. It gave it a nice "light" peanut butter taste ( and I did use the raisin filling. Maybe next time with the peanut butter Strawberry Preserves? ) In place of the raisins I would try figs...This would be the closest to the old favotite cookies " Fig Newtons". Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2002
These were a major hit with my children my uncle and everyone else. Yummy! The first time I made it I had 3 requests for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2005
I added half-2/3 cupful of crashed walnut and it tasted wonderful. I personally want the dough to be less sweeter so next time I will use less sugar. But this one tasted pretty great considering it was really easy to make:) Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made this for a work potluck and it got rave reviews! A really great fall treat! I did modify it a little bit. For the filling I only used 1/4C white sugar. I used apple cider instead of water and replaced the lemon juice (which I didn't have) with apple cider vinegar. Also I used about half golden raisins and half regular raisins and I think it really made a difference! Just sweet enough! Oh and since everyone said it was getting too crumbly I sprayed a little apple cider on the base layer after pressing it into the pan. It was still a bit crumbly but it stayed together enough for people to pick it up with their hands and take a bite. Great recipe! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2005
Tasted great but nothing exciting. I used half dried cherries half raisins which worked well. They were a little crumbly and overall too much sugar and butter for me but not bad. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2016
My Mom used to make this with raisins but I modified the recipe using Ocean Spray craisins instead and added some grated orange rind. I also let them cool completely before cutting into squares...for easier serving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2004
SOOOOO good. Really. I had a bunch of raisins and I made half a batch for my kids to give their teachers. I couldn't keep my hands off them! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/22/2006
These are ok but I wouldn't go crazy over them. The bottom/topping was really dry so they're very crumbly and a bit messy to eat. I'll eat them myself but wouldn't serve to company. Read More