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Our sweet and crumbly raspberry oatmeal bars are absolutely addicting. They’re crumbly, moist, and have the most delicious raspberry filling (jam and fresh berries). The best part? They’re one of the easiest baking recipes you’ll ever come across.
The Backstory: These are one of my all-time favorite treats and something I always look for when I go into a bakery. Once I spot them, I spend a few minutes doing the “should I/shouldn’t I” debate in my head. I’m sure you know where I end up on this one, but up until now I’ve never made them at home. They just weren’t one of my specialties and unlike a chocolate flourless cake which has a huge wow factor or a traditional Jewish dessert like rugelach which I’d bring to a family get together, I hadn’t considered this as something to necessarily bring anyplace. They just seemed sort of there until the next time I see them and all the alarms in my brain start firing in a million directions.More of the Backstory after the recipe…
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
…The Backstory continues: And then, very recently I had a small square of one (you know how they sort of cut these up into itty-bitty (are you kidding me?) minis and put them into those little muffin cup liners? Which, is pretty stupid if you ask me, because that only means I’m heading back to the dessert table for 2 more, so you might as well have just left the darn thing whole, jeeeeez)) at a social gathering and was so smitten by how much I love them that I decided it was time to move these lovelies into my repertoire. The problem was I didn’t have a recipe. Or so I thought.
Indeed I did. Do. My trusty ancient recipe folder which has moved with me from NY to Boston to Chicago, to San Francisco, back to Chicago, and finally to Boston (whew, I know) holds a recipe from the late Carole Goldsmith of Akron, Ohio. Carole, the mother or also (sadly). the late Aaron Goldsmith (this is sadder than I expected folks, sorry) was a former college friend and later, long-time boyfriend. He died way too young and she sadly lived to see it. She gave me so many recipes on this site including teiglach, apple walnut cake, and kasha kreplach. Her recipe for Raspberry Oatmeal bars is just as delicious.
Now that I’ve made them myself, they’re going to be the first thing I make for my next family get together. I hope you try them and let me know what you think. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org