Raisin oatmeal bars with cinnamon icing

Raisin oatmeal bars with cinnamon icing

I made these bars on Friday evening for a get-together with some friends from church. While I’ve had them many times before (the recipe is from my aunt), it’s the first time that I’ve made the recipe. The raisin filling is sweet and jam-like, and I love the combination of the oatmeal crust with the cinnamon icing.

So, if you’re looking for a unique alternative to oatmeal cookies, give this recipe a try by following the directions below:

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Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

Quick & easy frosted pumpkin bars

I made these quick and easy pumpkin bars tonight with the pumpkin I had left over after making maple-glazed pumpkin cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie last week. Michael suggested I try his mom’s recipe, which was definitely a good idea — they turned out great.

I made half a recipe, which fit perfectly in an 8″ by 11.5″ glass baking dish. If you’re making the entire recipe, use an 11″ by 17″ jelly roll pan instead. Either way, these bars are sure to be a favorite of any pumpkin lover. Cream cheese frosting is the perfect sweet topping to the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors in the bars.

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Easy coconut butterscotch brownies

Easy coconut butterscotch brownies

When I decided to bake a snack tonight for Michael and myself, I knew that I wanted a quick recipe and I was craving something with chocolate in it. Brownies and bars are the perfect choice when you’re in a hurry, because they’re easy to mix up in one bowl. In fact, these brownies were in the oven within 15 minutes.

I started with a recipe for butterscotch brownies that I found in our Betty Crocker cookbook, and then made a few easy modifications — adding coconut to the batter and melted chocolate chips spread on top. The verdict? These brownies were just what we were looking for — they are simple and delicious. I’m sure that we’ll be making them often in the future.

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