Oatmeal-Raisin Bars

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

These handheld treats are packable, snackable, sure-fire crowd-pleasers -- indoors and out.


  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan

  • ¾ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugars, egg, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. Add flour, oats, and raisins; fold in just until combined.

  3. Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 bars.

    oatmeal raisin bars

Cook's Notes

To store, keep in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 3 days.

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