Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Bars

Recipe and photo contributed by Stephanie Deihl Yield:  18 bars
Prep Time:  15 minutes Cook Time:  25 minutes

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Bars

These bars solve the age-old dilemma of oatmeal raisin vs. chocolate chip. Chewy oatmeal raisin bars with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg are scattered with a chocolate chip topping for a rich, dense, and satisfying lunchbox treat or after school snack.

Ingredients

2 cups (265 grams) unbleached, all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking soda

¾ teaspoon (3.6 grams) baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

2 sticks (1 cup/226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

¾ cup (140 grams) packed brown sugar

¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1½ cups (132 grams) rolled oats

¾ cup (115 grams) raisins

¾ cup (130 grams) chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir to combine.
  3. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or if you are using a handheld electric mixer, in a large bowl) combine the butter and sugars.  Mix at medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and fluffy (or 8 minutes with the handheld mixer).
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition, until fully incorporated.  Add the vanilla extract.
  5. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture slowly, until fully incorporated.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the oats and raisins until fully incorporated. Scoop the batter into the greased pan, spread evenly into the corners, and smooth the top. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly across the top.
  7. Bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the corners are browned and pulling away from the sides of the pan, and the middle is starting to brown (watch carefully, as the timing may vary upward or down, depending on how dark your pan is). Let cool completely in the pan, slice into 18 bars, and serve.
  8. Leftover bars may be wrapped tightly in plastic and held for up to 5 days at room temperature.

Kitchen Tips

For chewier bars, drape the pan in a clean kitchen towel as it cools.

 

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