Lemon Raisin Oatmeal Bars

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1, 14oz can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon
  • 1 Tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups oats

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In saucepan, combine raisins, condensed milk, lemon juice and peel.  Over medium heat, cook and stir until mixture begins to bubble; cool.  Meanwhile, in a mixer bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.  Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.  Stir in oats.  Reserving 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture, press remainder firmly on bottom of greased 13 x 9″ baking pan.  Spread raisin mixture over crust to within 1/2″ of edges.  Top with the rest of the crumb mixture; press lightly.  Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool.  Cut into bars.  Store covered at room temperature.  (Makes 24 – 36 bars, depending on how thick you cut them.)

This recipe is a great treat or even a makes a great dish to take to your next church or school/work functions.

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