Lemony Raisin Bars


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Traditional lemon bars get a new twist with raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar.

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  • 2 C. raisins
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. grated lemon rind
  • 1 C. butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/3 C. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ C. oats
  • 1 C. chopped walnuts

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Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In saucepan, combine raisins, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon rind. Cook and stir over medium heat just until bubbly. Cool slightly. In bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats and walnuts. Reserve 2 C. oat mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture into 13x9 inch greased pan. Spread raisin mixture to within ½ inch of edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, press lightly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Makes 48 bars.

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