Oatmeal-Raisin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

November 2006
Oatmeal-Raisin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Whether you call these chewy treats cookie or cake, they're definitely hard to resist.

Makes: 24 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Bake: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3 ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl using a wooden spoon, cream the 1 stick butter with the brown sugar, egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and stir into the butter mixture until combined. Spread the dough in the prepared pan and press into an even layer with floured fingers. Bake until firm in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.
  2. Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, blend the cream cheese with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the confectioners sugar and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Spread on top of the cooled cake and cut into 24 bars.
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