Chewy Oatmeal Bars

Chewy Oatmeal Bars

Quick & Dirty Kitchen

I am eating one of these as we speak … or in between typing to be more exact and they are freakin’ delicious! I’ve always loved oatmeal cookies and these take it to another level with intense, sweet spice flavor and soft, chewy texture. I’ve been eating these for breakfast, snacks, and dessert – they are that good.

I’m not surprised because the recipe comes from Cook’s Country, which is from the same people behind America’s Test Kitchen and I absolutely love their recipes. I know it’s still July, but some of us may be thinking about back to school mode – teachers, parents, and maybe? kids. These are definitely going in my bag of tricks for school snacking and eat-in-the-car breakfasts. I already see these making a great accompaniment to my morning smoothie. If your kids like oatmeal cookies and granola bars, these are a beautiful marriage between the two and they will love ‘em. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 1 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour (spoon/leveled)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 8 tbsp. vegetable shortening
  • 1 and ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup molasses (regular, not blackstrap)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ⅔ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
  • GLAZE
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Read the whole recipe on Quick and Dirty in the Kitchen