Freedom Cookie Bars!

Janet Scott

By
@JanetLeeScott

Oh my goodness, I threw these together tonight craving something with dates and Oatmeal. After I took them out of the oven and "Snitched" a little corner it was exactly want I wanted and MORE!
You really need to try these, they are amazing!
My friend told me I should call them "Freedom Bars" because with all that fiber...your gonna' be set free. LOL
They are not 100% healthy with having sugar and butter in them but I think you have to have some balance...right?


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Serves:
24
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 c
grandulated sugar
1 c
(2 sticks) unsalted butter - softened
1 dash(es)
quick oats
1 large
egg
1/8 tsp
salt

IN A SAUCEPAN ADD:

1 pkg
pitted dates (8oz) chopped - should equal 2 cups
1/3 c
raisins
1/3 c
grandulated sugar
1 c
water
1/3 c
water

OPTIONAL

1/2 c
chopped nuts to the topping for additional crunch and flavor

Step-By-Step

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1On low heat, stirring occasionally , cook until reduced and thickened, (about 15 min) or until thick and sticky.

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2Add 1/3 cup more water, cook down for about 3 - 5 more minutes.
set aside to slightly cool.

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3In your mixer, add all ingredients using the paddle attachment just until blended and crumbly.
after mixed, take out 1 cup and set aside. (Add chopped nuts to this cup if desired)

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4pour and press firmly the rest in a sprayed 9 x 13 casserole baking dish

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5add your date & raisin filling and spread evenly

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6top off with the left over crumbs

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7bake @ 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cut when still a little warm and place on a cooling rack.
Makes 24 squares or whatever size you want.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy