Oatmeal Raisin Bars

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Do you ever stress out over large purchases?  I do.  I research things to death.  The decision seems to consume me.  It is all I can think about and I spend all my time pouring over internet reviews and comparing things to each other.  It drives my husband crazy.  I ask him question after question and his opinions on what I should do.  I make up my mind, then have second thoughts, then make up my mind, then have second thoughts.  I never realized how maddening it really was until we had a teenager who does the same exact thing.

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The last couple of weeks I have been agonizing over the decision to switch cell phones.  How pathetic is that?!   It has become such a huge part of my everyday life though.  I keep all my recipes on it, write comments on my blog, use Pinterest, text all my friends, keep my calendar/planner on it, etc.  I really don’t know how I ever managed life without my phone so it is a big decision when it comes to what phone will work best for me.  Anyway, I have had every iPhone that has come out since the original.  I have been a pretty die hard Apple fan.  Well, I have been yearning for a larger screen.  I just kept saying it would make blog work and other things on the go so much easier.  My son traded in his iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy S4.  I started having serious screen envy.  He kept showing me how his phone would do everything I wanted and more.  Then I really started considering the switch and doing my research.  I had gone through the yes I will, no I won’t, yes I will a dozen times.  I decided I couldn’t do it.  Until… they announced the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  I was instantly in love and knew I had to do it.  Don’t get me wrong… I have read every piece of info on the web about that phone.  I finally took the plunge and pre-ordered it yesterday.  I recently sold quite a bit of camera equipment that I haven’t used it a while so I had a little money saved up.  Anyway, I am so excited.  I am not very patient so the 3+ week wait is going to seem like forever.  Thankfully, I have lots of cooking & baking to keep me busy!

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Ok, I know you are here for these yummy cookie bars not to hear about my obsessive behavior when it comes to buying things like cell phones.  😉

Many of you are probably saying here we go again with the Oatmeal Raisin stuff.  I told you I have a love affair with all things cinnamon.  Lately, I also seem to share that love affair with all things Oatmeal as well.  You probably remember my Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Or my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Milkshake.  Well, these are definitely another favorite.

I hope these pictures really show just how moist and chewy they are.  They have the perfect texture.  Not to mention how amazingly delicious they are too!!!

Oatmeal Raisin Bars
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups quick cooking (not instant) oats
  • 1½ cups raisins
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Line an 8x8 glass baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In the middle of your dry mixture, add in the vanilla, egg, melted butter and mix until smooth.
  5. Stir in the oats and raisins until they are well distributed.
  6. Pour the batter into your glass baking pan and spread into an even layer.
  7. Bake for 22-26 minutes or until bars are set, edges are golden brown and the center no longer looks wet.
  8. Cool pan on a wire rack.
  9. Once cool, slice and serve.


About the Author

Shari is the wife of the most handsome husband. They have three amazing kids who are everything to her. She spends her days running kids to and from school, activities, etc. When she isn't in the car, she can usually be found in the kitchen cooking or baking up something delicious! Shari's photography has been published in many national publications, such as Better Homes and Gardens, Grace Ormonde, Knot Magazine, Premier Bride, and more.