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