Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Raisin Bars

Small Raisin Bars from Dorie Greenspan's Dorie's CookiesThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is one I’m not entirely sure about in its current iteration but wonder about using different fruit with next time…

Dorie says:

I know exactly where I found this recipe, but I have no idea where it originally came from. The handwritten recipe was on page 127 of a bound recipe book that I’d kept early in my marriage. Not a clue as to whether Aunt Bertha gave me the cookie recipe or I swiped it from a grocery store magazine. Perfect — if cursory — instructions and nothing more. Online, I’ve found similar recipes, but still no attribution. Most of the recipes agree on the basics: a cooked raisin filling thickened to jammy with a bit of cornstarch; a bottom pressed- into-the-pan layer of oatmeal-and-nut cookie dough; and a top layer of that same dough pinched into nuggets that bake to a mix of crunchy and soft.

I had an overload of treats in the house last weekend so I made 1/3 of this recipe in a mini loaf tin which yielded around 6 small squares. Since these are SUPER sweet, the tiny size was ok. There was actually some filling and cookie dough leftover – sometimes minifying doesn’t always work out evenly! I actually think these could have used less filling – that’s my mistake – and I do feel I’d love these with some different fruit (raisins are not my favourite but I can see the appeal here).

Small Raisin Bar from Dorie Greenspan's Dorie's CookiesI loved the idea of these but craved something a little less sweet – maybe a cranberry filling would work here? Or raspberry? This was a little cloying but I absolutely love the idea.

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Raisin Bars on p 77 of Dorie’s Cookies!

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4 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Raisin Bars”

  1. We are still trying to finish up the cranberry cake so I needed to hold off on more baking. I plan on making these next and I think they will be a hit as my husband is a raisin lover. Since you think they are sweet I will cut small pieces.

  2. We were surprised by these since we aren’t raisin lovers either, but they were good! I agree, I would probably love them if it was an apple filling haha…but I guess that would be a different recipe. 🙂


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