What to bake when you have no time. (Oatmeal Raisin Bars)

If you couldn’t guess it, medical school is sort of time consuming. They expect us to go to classes and labs and study and prep for tests and learn about taking care of patients and stuff. I had vampire practice yesterday, rotations at a hospital an hour away on Wednesday and today I am sort of playing hooky. (Really, I’m waiting for my computer repair guy to come, but that’s so much less interesting.)

In between needle sticks, EKG courses, lab  interpretation classes, patient representative presentations and the fact that it is 97 degrees in New York and I live on the sixth floor of a walk up, there is much less time for baking.

What do you bake when you have no time for baking? Bars! Bars are the easiest cookies ever to make. You don’t have to shape them, you don’t have to place them on neat little wire cooling racks and you don’t have to wrap them individually.

Plus, they mail well. I mail bar cookies a lot. Check them out. Snickerdoodle bars. Rice Krispie Bars.

Notes: I traded out all the white sugar in these for brown sugar to give a slightly chewier cookie and more caramel-y flavor. I also doubled the original recipe, because why would you ever bake only 16 cookies?
Oatmeal Raisin Bars
Adapted from Martha Stewart.
Makes 24 bars. Allow at least 45 minutes.
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
4 cups rolled oats
2 cups raisins
1) Preheat oven to 350 and grease 13″x”9″pan or line with foil and grease foil.*  
2) Mix melted butter and sugar until smooth, then beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in cinnamon.
3) Stir in flour, then oats, then raisins. Press into the prepared pan with a greased spatula or damp hands.
4) Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached, but no raw dough.
5) Cool on a wire rack and cut into bars. 
*I really recommend using foil. If you do, you can pull the whole pan of cookies out once they’re cool and cut them into tidy bars. 
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