Cinnamon Raisin Bars

3/4 C butter

1½ C packed brown sugar 

3/4 tsp baking soda           

 3/4 tsp salt

2¼ C flour                                             

2¼ C rolled oats


Cream butter and sugar.  Add soda and salt, then flour until well blended.  Mixture will be crumbly.  By hand stir in oats and 1½ Tbsp water. Mix until crumbly.  Firmly pat 1/2 of mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.  Spread with raisin filling.  Top with remaining crumb mixture and pat smooth.  Bake in 350° oven for 35 minutes.  Cool.  Drizzle with Cinnamon Icing.  Cut into bars. 


Raisin Filling:  Combine:

1/4 C sugar

1 Tbsp corn starch in a sauce pan. 

Stir in 

1C water

2 C raisins. 

Cook over med heat until thick and bubbly.  Cool.


Cinnamon Icing:  Mix 1 C powdered sugar with 1/4 tsp cinnamon.  Stir in enough milk, ( about 1 Tbsp) for drizzling consistency.     

  

Variations:

Using the Raisin filling recipe; exchange raisins for any of the following:

 Minced apple                             Craisins (dried cranberries)

 Chopped dates                          dried apricots, chopped

 Blueberries                                chopped cherries   

 Chopped strawberries               crushed raspberries       

 Dried banana                             crushed blackberries         

 Chopped peaches

If using a very juicy fresh fruit like berries use little or no water.

Be creative, try anything that sounds good.

If you are in a hurry try canned pie filling run through a food processor for a few seconds.

Try changing the cinnamon in the icing for mace or ginger or lemon or orange peel, depending on the fruit filling that you are using.