Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oatmeal-Craisin-White Chocolate Bars

The second recipe I tried from the Fatwitch cookbook was the Oatmeal Cherry Bars. Except I didn't have cherries, I had craisins. And once you have oatmeal and craisins, there needs to be white chocolate. So in the white chocolate chips went and out came Oatmeal Craisin White Chocolate Bars. I figured since their drop cookie counterparts are always so successful, these should be, too. And they were. I came home that night to crumbs and more compliments for these than the White Chocolate Bars. These bars are much easier to make than cookies because it doesn't involve creaming, the fat is melted and the rest is just as simple as stirring everything together with a spoon or spatula. Be sure to let these cool for an hour lest they fall apart on you. Don't worry if the cookies feel to hard to cut through, a bench knife should do the trick. These would double nicely as a quick breakfast for those in a hurry. 

Oatmeal-Craisin White Chocolate Bars
adapted from Fatwitch Bakery

12 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup craisins
handful white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside. 
Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Stir and set aside.
Place the butter or margarine in a saucepan or microwave safe bowl and melt. Add the vanilla. Allow to cool a bit before proceeding.
Add the melted margarine mixture to the dry ingredients and blend.
Add the craisins and chocolate and stir to evenly distribute.
Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack for one hour before cutting.
Cut and serve.

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