Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Glazed Oatmeal Bars

My mother was the queen of the bar cookie when I was a teenager.  I really resented the square cookie vs. the perfection of the round one, but as I have become my mother--a busy, running, striving-to-keep-kids-fed lady, I have come to appreciate the bar cookie as a friend.  Mix, bake, serve.  This has a cake-like texture and a yummy carmel tasting glaze on the top.

Glazed Oatmeal Bars
1 c. quick cooking oats
1 1/4 c. water
Combine these in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 1 min. 30 seconds.  Stir and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine:
1/2 c. softened butter or margarine
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together.  Stir in the oatmeal.  Add:
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Stir together.  Spread in a greased 10x15 pan.  Bake at 350 for 20 min., until golden brown.
6 Tbsp. butter/margarine
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. coconut
Combine glaze ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil, stirring for 1 min.  Spread over warm bars.

Notes:  I have used regular milk in the glaze, with good result.  My son doesn't like the coconut texture, and I am sure you could leave it out if desired. (I like it!) I am also at high elevation and find it best to boil my glaze for 2 min.

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