If you're a fan of fig bars, these sweet treats will surely hit the spot.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet. Line bottom with parchment paper, and butter parchment; set sheet aside.

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  • Make filling: Pulse raisins and sugar in a food processor until almost pureed. Transfer to a saucepan. Whisk cornstarch into 1 cup cold water; whisk into raisin mixture. Stir in cider. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and sugar has dissolved, about 6 minutes.Let cool completely.

  • Make dough: Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Put shortening in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Add brown sugar, and mix until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Mix in oats.

  • Press half the dough into prepared baking sheet. Spread raisin filling evenly over top of dough. Crumble remaining dough on top of filling using your fingers, gently pressing down so that topping covers filling. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely in sheet on a wire rack. Cut into 2-inchsquares. Bars can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 5 days.

Reviews (33)

17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2019
I had too much oatmeal dough left over, I will make again but use less oatmeal/flour combo. Added pinch of cloves & cinnamon to filling with some lemon juice. Don't like using shortening might experiment with butter instead.
Rating: Unrated
01/26/2013
Very good cookie. Surprisingly light and not too sweet. If If you don't have the parchment paper, greasing the pan works fine. Also grease the sides or the raisin filling will stick. Who has 1/2 cup of apple cider on hand? Water works fine. Why coarse salt? Regular works fine. Very stiff dough required mixing in the oats with my hands, but that also works fine. A taster commented that this would make a good breakfast cookie.
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2011
Raisin Bars~roughly figuring the nutrition figures on this recipe, a piece 2 1/4” x 3” has 300 calories and 60 carbs, definitely off limits for anyone trying to eat a heart healthy diet or a diabetic. I would love to see a nutrition breakdown on every recipe.
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Rating: Unrated
03/03/2011
Need to update this recipe for a more heart healthy life for everyone. 1 1/2 cups shortening? That'll stop a heart cold.
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03/03/2011
Here we go again...preheat oven at least 30 minutes before baking starts. Rosalie, these would travel very well, just wrap very well and pack securily. I also agree with others that half unsalted butter and half vegetable shorting will work well to enhance the flavor. Does anyone else have a problem seing all of the comments? I could only see 15 and there should be at least 28...happens a lot lately. Mykele
Rating: Unrated
03/03/2011
Can anyone tell me if these travel well and can be sent out to a service man?
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Rating: Unrated
03/03/2011
Can anyone tell me if these travel well and can be sent out to a service man?
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06/28/2010
this recipe is very similar to "goodie bars", but that recipe didn't call for an egg. instead of one cup of shortening it calls for i use 1/c cup of butter and 1/c cup of canola oil. that's usually a safe substitution for shortening. enjoy!
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03/28/2009
I made this using Savedone's date filling, and it was fabulous! By the way, I substituted Coconut Oil (room temp is solid like shortening but much better for your health) and cut the amount in half to 3/4 cup. I really can't tell the difference taste-wise between using butter or coconut oil in baked goods. My husband likes it, and he is beyond picky. Good thing I'm so crazy in love with him. LOL
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02/02/2009
Didn't let me finish my paragraph. I'm going to try dried cranberries and blueberries next time. I also substituted half butter. It tastes so much better.
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02/02/2009
I didn't have any raisins, so I used dried cherries. Holy mackerel, were they good. I'm going to try dried cranberies
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01/30/2009
These bars were wonderful. I admit that using shortening is something I don't do often except for pie crust and then I use half butter. I was wondering if anyone else used butter instead of shortening as I would like to try that the next time I make them. Apple cider is available here in Canada almost all year round, so I tend to use apple cider. Apple cider and apple juice are almost the same. It's a great recipe which we shared at pot lucks etc. Very yummy!
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2008
This is a fantastic addictive recipe, Ha! My mom made these, as did her mom (some 80 yrs. ago), but they always made it with dates. I'll have to try it with raisins. OR I bet the recipe substitute called Lighter Bake by Sunsweet would be good too. It's just pureed apples and plums and sweetener.
Rating: Unrated
11/28/2008
I substituted pitted and chopped dates for the raisins. I'll make this again.
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11/09/2008
This recipe is as old as the hills. My Mother has been making it for years!!!!!
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11/08/2008
way too much fat. I used just half the amout and splenda as raisins are high in sugar.
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11/07/2008
sorry I don't know WHAT is happening to my recipe folks - too bad you would have loved it!
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11/07/2008
ok here is the rest of my recipe:- Cook dates water sugar
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11/07/2008
where did the rest of my date filling recipe go??
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11/07/2008
this date filling would be great for this:- 1/2 lb chopped dates 1/2 cup cold water 2 Tblsp brown sugar grated rind of one orange Cook dates, water, sugar
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11/07/2008
I made these using Craisins,added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,
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11/07/2008
Kind Commenters: I'll bet the Raisin Bars are good whether they're made with vegetable shortening; with butter; with lard; or with some 'fantastical' fat-free, oil-free, cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free flavorless substance. Let's be daring or creative or conservative. Whatever floats your particular boat = )
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2008
You might try "Simply Apple" that is in the refrigerated section in the grocery store. It is delicious. It's next to the orange juice by the same name. I too agree that 1-1/4 cups Crisco seems like alot. Has anyone actually made these? I would love to make them for my office.
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11/06/2008
Yes, look up your facts. My Crisco is trans fat free and has LESS saturated fat than butter! Again, it's not like you are going to eat the whole pan.
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11/06/2008
Ladies, It's vegetable shortning. Margarine isn't good for us either plus you have to figure how much water is in margarine. It doesn't bake right. Just use butter, it's natural. If you don't eat the whole pan or make this kind of stuff everyday how can it hurt? It's a treat.
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2008
What bothers me about this recipe is the continued use of shortening. It is loaded with trans fat and is extremely unhealthy for you. I substitute butter or margarine (unhydrogenated) and of course the flavour is just that much better. Has anyone made these?
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11/06/2008
Wezbo-I would try all organic fresh pressed apple juice if you can find it. That to me is the closest thing to apple cider because it is dark and not as processed. Good luck! mykele-yes 1 1/4 cup of shortening is a TON!
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11/06/2008
Don't you all think that 1 1/4 cups of shortening is a bit much? Frankly, I always double check all of the proportions in any of these recipes for cookie of the day. Also sheet pans for cookies are usually 11 X 15 not 10 X 15.
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11/06/2008
These are very similar to the Raisin Mumbles my mother always makes at Christmas. I like the idea of using cider instead of water as liquid and am partial to the whole raisins as in the Mumbles. I'm going to try both recipes, as written, this Thanksgiving and see which one will remain or become the new tradition. Yes, dried cranberries sound great too.
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11/06/2008
Sounds like a good recipe, but for people like me that are allergic to apples, is there a substitution for apple cider? Cranberries sound good too!
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11/06/2008
these sound wonderful! but, do you think it would be okay to substitute dried cranberries in place of the raisins?
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11/06/2008
Basically, it is just apple juice. No bubbly and no alcohol. Maybe you should experiment with European Cider and let us know how it tastes!!
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11/06/2008
from visits to the states I remember apple cider as something seasonal and o delicious but the only cider we europeans get is always alcoholic and bubbly. (yummy too !!) What exactly is american cider?