Saturday, June 18, 2011

Raisin Filled Cookie Bars

All the delicious flavors of individual raisin filled cookies in one simple bar!

Raisin filled cookies are one of my favorite cookies!  I have a wonderful recipe, but sometimes I don't have the time to make them.  So I decided to make them into bars.  You still get the gooey raisin filled center and delicious dough, but made in a much simpler way!  

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 Ingredients are as follows:

1/2 C shortening
1/2 C margarine
2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
3 3/4 C flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

1 large box of raisins
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place raisins, cornstarch, brown sugar and water into a small saucepan.

Simmer over medium heat until thickened. Turn off heat; allow to cool.

Cream shortening, margarine and brown sugar together.

Add eggs and mix until incorporated.

Add flour, baking soda and vanilla.  Mix until completely combined.

Cover the bottom of a cookie sheet with saran wrap.  Press half of the dough onto the cookie sheet, covering it completely.

Using the saran wrap, remove dough, set aside and press the remaining dough onto the ungreased cookie sheet.

Cover dough with raisins.

Flip first layer of dough on top of raisins; covering evenly.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Slice, serve and enjoy!


  1. Those bars look really tasty! It would be interesting to try incorporating oats so that it would be almost like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Have a nice weekend, Lisa!

  2. These look delicious! They remind me of Fig Newtons. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  3. Love your saran wrap trick, will have to give these a try I know my mom would love these too!

  4. Yum!! Thanks for sharing this at Savory Sundays! It looks great!! don't forget to add the link!

  5. This sounds awesome! My grandmother makes the BEST raisin-filled cookies, but they are a bit time-consuming. As a result, I only make them at Christmastime. I'm definitely going to give your recipe a try.

  6. My Husband LOVES Raisin filled cookies. We can not seem to find a recipe to resemble the greatness of his grandmothers lost recipe. I wil try these!!

  7. Wonderful idea! I like raisen filled cookies as well, but don't make them often because of the time it takes to make them. Definitely trying this, thanks!

  8. Oh my gosh! I'm really excited to see this recipe. My grandmother used to make a similar raisin bar cookie, and I've never pinned her down on the recipe. She's one of those "little of this, little of that" cooks. :) Super smart saran wrap trick, btw! :)

  9. Hey Lisa~
    I never heard of raisin filled cookies before. Your bars look delicious! Thanks for sharing them on Melt in Your Mouth Monday! :)

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  11. Yummy! My daughter and I love raisins so we'll have to make these.

    Thank you for sharing at the Weekend Warrior Link Party.


  12. This recipe is very good and tasty

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  13. Heaven help me. These look terrific. I cannot wait to try them.

  14. These look so good! I wish that I could make them today...maybe tomorrow :)

    Lovely blog! I found you through ServedUpWithLove.

  15. Thses sound delicious! Does the recipe work with GOLDEN RAISINS? Thanks!

  16. What a wonderful recipe! I think I will try them with honey instead of the brown sugar so no refined sugars are used. Thanks so much for the idea! I look forward to trying them!

  17. These look fabulous and I know my hubby would LOVE them too. Your photos are terrific! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. =) Please come again soon.

  18. ohhh wow these look YUMMY!
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  21. Yum! The raisin filling looks delicious. Thanks for linking up!

  22. These sounds scrumptious!! I love raisins!

  23. Looks delicious, have to try to make these soon! Visiting and now following via Welcome Wednesday hop...hop on over to my blog and follow back if you like...

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  25. My father has always loved rasin filled cookies but he has not been able to find them, what a fun thing for my kids and I to do! My father-in-law would love these too! Thanks! I found you on VoiceBoks! I'm a happy new follower!! I look foward to getting to read more, thanks for a fun site!

  26. Hi just calling by whilst blog hopping. This looks so yummy. I will definitely have to try it out. Be sure to check out my Autism Awarenesss Wednesday Blog hop. www.acceptandembraceautism.blogspot.com Sarah

  27. I love making cookie bars. They are so much easier than baking individual cookies. That raisin filling sounds wonderful.

  28. Yum! I love cookie bars! We found your blog through a linky party and are your newest followers! We would love for you to follow us, too! We have an awesome giveaway going on right now. Come check us out!


  29. Now these look as if my Dad would love me if I made them for him! Seeing how he & I are the only Raisin lovers in the family! Thanks for such a great recipe and linking it up to Made it on Monday!

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  31. Thanks for sharing your raisin bars on Fresh Food Friday. So nice to see a recipe that includes raisins . . . I just love 'em! Hope you can stop by again next week. PS: Your lemon tart was one of the Featured blogs that I selected. Thank you for sharing!

  32. OMG, that looks luscious. I'm going to bake some this weekend! I found you via voiceBoks. Stop by and visit me at http://mynuggetsoftruth.blogspot.com/

  33. Hi Lisa,
    Your Raisin Filled Cookies look awesome! Sure wish I had one or two right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, I look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  34. I love raisin filled cookies but they're so complicated to make. I'm so excited to have found this recipe and can't wait to try it - probably tonight! Thank you so much for sharing!

  35. Oh yum, what a great treat. Lovely blog.

  36. Yum. I love oatmeal raisin cookies, and I would love to try these bars.

  37. These look yummy and very easy!
    Thanks for sharing:)
    Visiting from voiceBoks,
    Kristina :)

  38. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!! My mother-in-law loves raisin filled cookies, but who has time to make them. I'm booking marking this recipe!

  39. This is beautiful! You got a great blog here! It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  40. I love raisin everything - and these cookie bars are right up my street! Thank you for sharing such a delicious and easy recipe with Let's Do Brunch. Hope to see you there again tomorrow!

  41. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

  42. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never heard of these. :-/ They sound delicious and like one of the other readers, they remind me of Fig Newtons. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!!!

  43. I've been dying to make fig newton like cookies. Bet I can make them from this, though I am a huge fan of raisins too. Thanks for sharing...your new follower from www.onceuptonatomato.com

  44. ohhhh so excited to find this.. I'm going to add pecans.. Sunday dinner is going to be so good !!! Thanks Jules

  45. I have been sick all day with a cold and have been searching the net for a good raisin filling. I found this recipe. The cookies look very tasty. I will try them later. I will use the filling portion to make an old favorite of mine. Lost the old recipe but hope this filling will work. Thanks.

  46. When I was a kid my grandfather made some of these when he came to visit us one time. The only problem was he used a recipe he said he used during the war, so it made about 6 trays worth! I have just one question: how big is a box of raisins?

    1. It's a 15 ounce box or about two and a half cups.


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