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Saturday, March 21, 2009

I've noticed a pattern

I perused (don't you love that word - peruse - sounds smarter than looked at stuff) my blog archives to determine whether we'd enjoyed this yumo cookie bar previously. You'll be pleased to know it's more than likely new to you. I was struck (no! not by lightning or a baseball bat ) by the number of recipes I make using oatmeal - I must be a real Quaker Oats kinda person.

These cookie bars taste a little like cream pie without the meringue topping (Oh I know some of you out there put whipped cream toppings on cream pies - but I'm from the part of Texas known as meringue country.(may also be known as the home of malarkey from Linda Sue).

Original recipe (which featured Craisins) was from Betty Crocker recipes online.

Sour Cream Cookie Bars

preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. one cup butter, softened

  2. one cup packed brown sugar

  3. two cups quick-cooking oats

  4. one and one half cups all purpose flour

  5. one teaspoon baking soda

  6. one and one half cups shredded coconut

  7. one 20 oz can pineapple tidbits, well drained

  8. one cup sour cream

  9. three fourths cup (3/4) granulated sugar

  10. two tablespoons all purpose flour

  11. two teaspoons vanilla

  12. one egg

Mix the butter and brown sugar in bowl of mixer, add oats, 1 1/2 cups of flour and baking soda until the mixture is crumbly. Press half of the mixture in a 13X9X2 inch pan (don't grease it)

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over baked crust. Crumble remaining oat mixture over filling.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and filling well set. Cool completely (yeah right - we dug into them within 5 minutes of them coming out of the oven!).

After the bars sit for a while the flavors mingle better. If you are anti coconut or a pineapple hater - this will work with dried fruit (think craisins, raisins, chopped dried apricots) or very well drained canned fruit. Recipe is easily halved for those with smaller appetites, smaller pans or smaller need for indulgence.

The pattern of oat use will probably continue - I like the crunchy goodness of oatmeal in lots of recipes.

In the spirit of full disclosure - I made corned beef hash for lunch using leftover corned beef from St. Patrick's Day. It was delicious, just shredded potatoes and shredded corned beef - cooked to crispy goodness. The picture I took looked absolutely repulsive! So think corned beef hash - good to eat not to photograph. Don't add a lot to the two ingredients - if your corned beef was well seasoned it'll flavor the hash just right.

Beautiful spring day here - DH finished wiring the chicken coop, put in perches/roosts and I think we are ready for the chicks! It is good on Buhlaland - full, tired and blessed beyond belief.

There is no particular reason for posting this picture of a goat kid we call Bandit - except he is very cute and cuteness counts!


Lanny said...

These cookies look and sound wonderful, I love cookie recipes like this that do not use prepackaged stuff, I never have it on hand, I always have lots of real ingredients!

Some food does not photo well which is why they do a lot of food raw! I met a food photographer once, learned some surprising tidbits. Check out the soups in Olive Garden's commercials most likely the celery is raw, but I don't know for sure I don't eat there, they could have really crunchy celery in their soup.

A gratuitous pic of a baby goat is well received.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Lanny - I try not to use any prepackaged stuff for two reasons - taste and cost. I pretty much always have ingredients but not packages of cake mixes etc. Interesting about the photos of food in the raw - I could do a whole paragraph on how sad it is even food is pornographic now but hey - I actually do know what you mean. I occasionally eat at Olive Garden and no - they do not have crunchy celery in their soups.
Good to have you visit - your pithy comments always perk me up!(I'm in a weird mood today - may have to do with awakening at 3 am!)

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I can't wait to make the cookie bars!!!!! Sound delicious!

My favorite -- corned beef hash!