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Old 04-30-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Bar Cookies

When I was a little girl my mom was not one for baking, but my friend Elizabeth's mom made bar cookies just about every time I was over their house. In my tween years I taught myself to bake from scratch and was drawn to the iconic round chewy cookie. I loved the neat little rows on a parchment lined sheet. Only recently since I became a mom and cooking has been on the back burner until I got the hang of things, I have rediscovered the bar cookie. Making the dough is the easy part, often just in one bowl with a spoon. Then baking all together while I do something else is so much easier than batches and batches of trays and shaping each cookie.

Does anyone have a favorite bar cookie they like to make? Or a similar idea of cooking for non sweet stuff? Let's share some ideas!


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Old 04-30-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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Re: Bar Cookies

I know what you mean! Here's one recipe I like for bar cookies. It uses a large jelly roll type pan (15x10).

So-Easy Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter (or margarine), softened
1/3 cup oil
1 tbsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar (or sugar sprinkles)

1. Heat oven to 375. In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup sugar, margarine, oil, milk, almond extract and egg until light & fluffy. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt; blend well.

2. Spread evenly in ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan; sprinkle with sugar. (I line with parchment for easier removal) Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. (My baking stone pan takes 16 minutes)

3. Cool 5 minutes, then cut into bars with a knife or pizza cutter. Store in an airtight container.

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Old 05-01-2013, 12:52 AM   #3
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Re: Bar Cookies

Jam Bar Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (not instant or flavored)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups jam (whatever kind you want)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut off 1-2 Tablespoons of butter.

Use this to butter a 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a food processor, put in the remaining cubed butter, flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Process and pulse in the food processor until it is mixed and will press together.
You can do this by hand if you don't have a food processor. Just cut the butter into the ingredients.
Press half of the oat mixture into the buttered pan.

Spread the jam over the pressed oat mixture.

Sprinkle the other half of the mixture over the top and pat it down.

Bake until light brown, 30-40 minutes. I use the longer time on this one, otherwise I find that they fall apart.

Let the bars cool completely before cutting them.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
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Oh I feel the same way too about cookies, I hate making them!
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