Time is of the essence…

There are certain go to recipes I use when time is of the essence…like when  you need a quick dessert, or a special after school snack.  No matter how much I love to cook and bake,  there are always days when other things take priority…

Here is a recipe for just such a day:

Oatmeal Raisin Squares

2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup brown sugar
half cup melted butter
1 tsp baking powder
half tsp almond extract
half cup raisins or currents or chopped dried cranberries

Mix all ingredients together (they will be just crumbs at this point).  Spread and press into a bar pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 17 minutes.  Take out of oven and cut in pan immediately and allow to sit in pan until cool.

Tip:  these are equally delicious without raisins or with added nuts, pumpkin seeds or coconut–feel free to experiment a little!

Also, these squares can sometimes be crumbly–save the crumbs and use them over yogurt, ice cream or berries with cream!

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