Interviews start tomorrow and so it's time to light up the stove and bake cookies for 236 missionaries. I have found that is it much faster to fill a cookie sheet with cookie dough and bake, cool, and cut into bars. I can get 48 cookies out of a half sheet size baking pan. Our family chocolate chip cookie recipe works good like this and so does my chocolate brownie peanut butter chip cookies. I plan on giving each missionary 4 cookies, and that's a total of 944. (And some of you have been wondering why I haven't posted in awhile.) Pan cookies are by far the best way to go.
I found a new recipe that is fast and needs minimal ingredients that I am going to share. The missionaries seem to like them, so get out your apron and try these easy delicious bar cookies.
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
This recipe is for a 9x13 pan. I doubled it for the cookie sheet.
1 package yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1 cup of raspberry jam
1 Tablespoon water
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. (190 degrees C.) Grease a 9x13 inch pan. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left.
Press 1/2 of the oats mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a separate bowl, mix jam with water and spread over the crust.
Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top, covering the entire jam layer. I left a corner uncovered so you could see the layers.
Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars. I keep mine in the refrigerator - I think they taste the best when chilled. Hope you like them.