Browned Butter Oatmeal Raisinet White Chocolate Bars

I’ve been on a major oatmeal kick lately and the streak continues.

Oatmeal tastes way better when it’s mixed with browned butter, Raisinets, and white chocolate.

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The truth is, I love chewy bars that are loaded with texture and there’s no better way to get my texture fix on that to do it with oats and Raisinets.

Plus, anytime I can work white chocolate into a recipe, I get excited. Raisinets and white chocolate chips are a match made in sweet, cavity-inducing heaven.

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They come together in minutes. No mixer, one bowl, fast, and easy. My idea of a great dessert.

Brown some butter and then just whisk in the remaining ingredients. Stir in those glorious Raisinets and a handful of white chocolate chips before turning out the five-minute batter into the pan.

 If you’ve never browned butter before, it’s not rocket science and don’t fear it. I see bloggers talk about it like they’ve just made puff pastry from scratch while standing on their head and blindfolded.

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Melt the butter over medium-low to medium heat and after it melts and it’s sizzling away, it’ll hiss, sputter, snap, crackle and pop. That’s the water releasing and cooking out. What remains is gloriously nutty-scented butter. Watch the butter closely at the first signs of amber-colored butter, swirling your pan frequently.

I hold my pan about 12 inches above the burner at crunchtime and swirl it for added control. I push the envelope and brown my butter very well. It seems many people are so scared of browning butter for fear they’ll burn it that they barely brown it. I like to develop as much of that nutty loveliness as possible.

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Bake the bars just until the top is just set and the edges have firmed up. Don’t overbake or they’ll set up on the crispy side and be prone to crumbling. As they cool, they firm up and develop that chewy edge-soft interior phenomenon, much like a cookie.

I added a bit of nutmeg to the batter and between the nuttiness from the nutmeg and the browned butter, these simple-to-make bars are giants in the depth of flavor category.

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They pack a whollop of butteriness, nuttiness, with caramel undertones from the brown sugar that caramelizes while baking.

The smell in your house while they bake is particularly divine. Browned butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, and oats. I need a candle made with those scents.

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And these babies are loaded to the max with goodies. I probably could have skipped the white chocolate since the dough was pretty stuffed with Raisinets and oats, but skipping chocolate isn’t my style.

The chewy oats, the sweet Raisinets, and the white chocolate chips make for a great texture party.

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They’re definitely a sweeter bar, perfect for anyone who loves the zing of white chocolate on your palette. The sweetness of the Raisinets and white chocolate is such a nice contrast to the nutty browned butter.

 Chomping down on big morsels of sweet white chocolate and the Raisinets is definitely better than eating Raisinets at the movies, which is where I’ve done 99% of the Raisinet eating in my lifetime.

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    I think I should smuggle these into the movies instead.

Browned Butter Oatmeal Raisinet White Chocolate Bars averiecooks.com

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Browned Butter Oatmeal Raisinet White Chocolate Bars

Browned butter lends an unbelievable amount of nutty, rich and comforting flavor to the bars. The brown sugar caramelizes while baking, lending caramel undertones. They're loaded with oats and Raisnets for an abundance of dense, chewy texture. Raisnets and sweet white chocolate chips are a match made in heaven and are the perfect sweet complement to the nutty browned butter.

Yield: one 8-by-8-inch pan, 9 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned (1 stick/8 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (I used light, but dark would work well)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Raisinets (or yogurt-covered raisins)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang. Spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Place butter in medium-sized heavy saucepan and heat over medium-low to medium heat. Butter will melt, begin to bubble, foam, hiss, sputter, and brown specks will form in the bottom of the pan; this takes approximately 2 to 4 minutes. During the process, whisk or swirl the pan frequently and keep an extremely watchful eye on the butter. Brown it long enough to see browned bits and specks, but don't burn it. Butter can go from browned and nutty-smelling to burnt and inedible in less than one minute. Watch for the brown specks and once you see them, remove the pan from the burner, continuing to whisk or swirl for another 30 seconds or so.Transfer butter into large mixing bowl and allow it to cool for a few minutes (so you don't scramble the egg).
  3. To the slightly cooled melted butter, add the egg, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, optional salt, and whisk to combine. Add the oats, flour, and stir until just combined. Fold in the Raisinets and white chocolate chips. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until top surface of bars has just set and edges have firmed up. Don't overbake or bars will set up on the crunchy and crumbly side. Allow bars to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. Bars can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – The thickest oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had, and are packed with density, chewiness, texture. There’s an abundance of raisins and they’re soft without being cakey in the least

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Almost the same ingredients as the cookies above, but melted butter and unchilled dough so they bake up much thinner but are still chewy. A nice recipe if you don’t want to use a mixer and don’t have time to chill the dough. You can be eating cookies in 20 minutes flat from start to finish

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies – A healthier twist on dough-in-a-tube and made with whole wheat flour. Chewy, hearty, and loaded with chocolate chips

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies – My favorite oatmeal cookie base. Soft, chewy, and loaded with butterscotch chips

Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies – No mixer required because the butter is melted rather than creamed, making for a fast and easy cookie. One of my favorite cookies on my entire site

Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies – Add your favorite add-ins like butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, or raisins to these easy, small-batch, no mixer required cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Rolls – Part healthy and hearty chewy dinner roll, part soft cinnamon roll. They’re full of texture from the raisins and oats, lightly sweetened from honey in the dough and are then brushed with honey-butter prior to baking, and perfumed with cinnamon. They can be made in advance or frozen, if desired

Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Streusel Bars – Cookie butter baked in keeps them so moist and soft and the oats add chewiness and plenty of texture

Browned Butter Caramel and Butterscotch Bars – Rich, smooth, soft, and moist with great depth of flavor from the caramel and butterscotch

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Healthy bars that taste like cookies with a butterscotch drizzle

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF) – One of my favorite ways to combine oats, cinnamon, and raisins is in these easy, no-bake granola bars that are similar to Quaker Chewy Granola bars, but because you control the ingredients, you get to decide what does and doesn’t go into your granola bars. These are my favorite no-bake granola bar and very popular with readers

Do you like Raisinets? Browned Butter? Baking with oatmeal?

Feel free to share links to your favorite recipes in the comments.

   

69 Responses to “Browned Butter Oatmeal Raisinet White Chocolate Bars”

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    Jess — May 1, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Averie – I am loving all these fantastic bars you are coming up with. I’ve got a whole list your recent creations queued up and I’m just itching for an occasion to bake them (Wednesday night seems like a good enough occasion for these though!).

    I had such an “aha” moment when I saw that you put raisinets in these! I never like raisins in my oatmeal cookies, but raisinets – THAT I can get behind!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 4:08 am

      Well if you try anything, LMK how it goes! And Wed night sounds like a great baking night for me. The thing about all my stuff is that it’s relatively small batch; always an 8×8 pan, 15-20 cookies, not 4 dozen, etc.

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    miss messy — May 1, 2013 at 1:52 am

    These look phenominal!! I just love browned butter. You need to make something I don’t want to shove my face into! I have such a long baking list :p

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 4:07 am

      Lol – well at least you’ve got plenty of things on your list to choose from :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 1, 2013 at 1:55 am

    You had me at browned butter!

    No, but really you come up with the best bar recipes! And you’re such a genius for throwing in raisinets in here!

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    Katie — May 1, 2013 at 3:20 am

    I LOVE yogurt covered raisins! I sometimes, when I’m not feeling the raisins, just suck the yogurt/sugar coating off and spit out the raisins. Who needs the healthy part, right? ;)

    I went through a big raisinette phase in Hawaii. It started with my trail mix experimenting (they are also great in most mixes) and then I just started eating them plain. I got really excited when they started making dark chocolate covered raisins, but they weren’t very good. I don’t think anyone liked them because I’ve not seen them in a really long time.

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    Paula — May 1, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I would absolutely smuggle these (or any of your yummy bars and cookies) into a movie! I completely forgot about raisinets–probably because the majority of our movie watching is at home these days. These look loaded indeed ( just the way I like them) and if butter makes everything better, then browned butter makes it fabulous!! I had a quick look at the raisinet website–the dark chocolate variety looks pretty good too.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 4:07 am

      I hadnt had them in years either but they were on sale the other week and I was like, hmmm, impulse buy that could turn into something…and it did!

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    Katy @ Katy's Kitchen — May 1, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I love raisenets and I’m really glad skipping chocolate isn’t your style! Loaded with goodies = loaded with love and I sure love these!!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 1, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I’ve been loving oatmeal too lately! I’ve actually got an oatmeal cookie recipe coming tomorrow. These look delicious! I think oatmeal and white chocolate is a perfect pairing!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 1, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Loving how dense and hearty these oatmeal bars look! I’m thinking they’d make for one amazing breakfast!

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    I agree – the white chocolate and raisinets are a match made in heaven! And then there’s the browned butter and oatmeal. Aaaand, the wonderful spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Clearly you cannot go wrong with anything that’s in this recipe!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life — May 1, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Okay, I must confess I don’t love white chocolate or raisins. At least not very much. *hides head under paper sack*
    BUT I can’t get enough browned butter, oatmeal, vanilla, and cinnamon! In fact caramely oats might be enough to make me like these! (I could bake with oats ever day!) The texture in your pictures is stunning and is what always pulls me in. That and the fact that you have super creative recipes, but ya know, whatever. :)

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 1, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Oh wow! My husband loves raisinets! I must make these for him!

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    Laura Dembowski — May 1, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Yay for chewy oatmeal cookie bars! These look like such a great treat. Are those white chocolate raisinets? They look like it in the pic, but I could be wrong.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 5:58 am

      I have a hodgepodge of white chocolate chips, regular raisinets, and white yogurt covered raisins all worked in. Sort of cleaning out the pantry :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 1, 2013 at 5:46 am

    My family would LOVE these! I’m always game for adding oatmeal to just about anything!

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    Tieghan — May 1, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Oatmeal cookies are my favorite and my families too!! I am making these!! I mean brown butter!! Yes!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 1, 2013 at 6:09 am

    You had me at browned butter. And oatmeal… and raisinets… and white chocolate. Who am I kidding? These bars were clearly meant for me!

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    Shernell — May 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I love these,I will be trying them.

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — May 1, 2013 at 6:35 am

    These look fantastic, Averie! I can never say no to anything with brown butter!

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    AGS — May 1, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I have a half-used jar of Peanut Butter & Company’s White Chocolate Wonderful PB on my shelf. I love PB, but discovered I don’t really like the sweet variety, and keep thinking I could probably add it to cookies to use it up. My husband got me that jar, and a chocolate kind of PB. . . can I use them in this? I usually just like natural nut butters, and that’s typically all I have on hand/use for cooking.

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    • AGS replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Sorry – I thought I was commenting on your PB oatmeal bars link., . . oops.

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      • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 6:56 am

        Not sure which recipe you are referring to… PB Oatmeal Bars…could mean like 10+ on my site :) You can try the PB Co. versions and see what happens. Never know til you try!

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    SaltySweetSour — May 1, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Brown butter really makes everything better. Looks divine!

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    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — May 1, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Ahh, I haven’t had Raisinets since I was a teenager, now I can’t get them out of my head! Love these bars!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I hadn’t had them in at least 10 years either, Michelle! I was happy to break the dry spell…with some browned butter included :)

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    lindsay — May 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I’ve never baked with Raisinets before, but it’s such a great idea. Chocolate and raisins all in one!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — May 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for fueling my appetite for oatmeal again — I never get tired of it! I’m in love with dark chocolate Raisinettes…they’re truly dangerous for me. These bars look terrific!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

    These look so incredible, Averie! Perfect for dunking into milk!

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    carol | a cup of mascarpone — May 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Averie, these look incredible! Since I was little my favorite snack to get at movie theaters were raisinets. I never thought of putting them in baked goods…you are brilliant!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I could definitely go for one or two of these bars! I love oatmeal in anything.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This brown butter thing is something I need to start doing!

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    Zach — May 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at thefeastingeye.com. The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — May 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    This is a kick I can totally get behind :)
    My mom is a Raisinet junkie. She buys the giant bags from Target and always has a baggie of them in her purse (double bag if road trips, because Raisinet sustenance is a must)! Sometimes we get all wild and crazy and mix the dark and milk chocolate ones ;)
    I would love this with a mix of the yogurt and dark chocolate ones!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Your mom sounds like my kinda lady; being able to whip out Raisinets out of her purse at all times!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — May 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

    You know, I sometimes get on oatmeal kicks and I feel like I just CAN’T go another day without like an oatmeal raisin cookie or something. These are going to be my new go-to oatmeal craving quenchers. Lovely recipe, Averie!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I get oatmeal kicks, but usually only when mixed with, you know, butter, brown sugar, and other fun stuff ;)

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    Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen — May 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I just had my first adventure with brown butter and fell head over heals in love! I have a bag of Raisinets sitting in my cabinet and these bars might have to be my second use of brown butter. The combination of white chocolate and oats sounds fantastic also!

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    vanillasugarblog — May 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I need to do more with browned butter.
    Love this combo Averie!

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria — May 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I purposely make treats and snacks to smuggle into the movie with the kids. (When the boys were younger, I’d have one of them stand in the corner, while I got the tix, with whole pizzas in the backpack…just so no one would smell pepperoni!)
    These scrumptious oat treats are perfect to hide in my bag…for just ME! Great recipe, Averie!!

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    Joe — May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    These look awesome. I love white chocolate.

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    Lora @cakeduchess — May 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I do like texture in my bars and need to bake more often with oatmeal-this is what I’ll make first:)Love that you used raisinets (a little yogurt makes it healthier, too!)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Oh Averie my friend. It seems as though each new bar recipes gets better than the last. I thought you topped it all with those Milky Bar ones last week – and now these? Incredible. I am a completely fool for anything oatmeal cookie-ish. And anything with Raisinets! One of my all-time favorite candies. The combination of nutty brown butter, chewy oats, chocolatey raisins, and white chocolate is to die for. You now have me craving a giant brown butter oatmeal cookie of sorts. Preferably with butterscotch chips, raisinets, white chocolate, and peanut butter. Pretty much all of your linked recipes, plus this one – all combined. With a side of those glorious raisin rolls!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      I know you’re a raisinet fan and you have some yummy recipes using them! “butterscotch chips, raisinets, white chocolate, and peanut butter” — my favorite foods to bake with (and eat!)

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu — May 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love how easily this batter comes together and how loaded it is! I love bars, but I hardly ever make them. Yours always look amazing!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      They’re so EASY and fast and way less precise than cookies have to be, which is why I love them!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Okay – great minds think alike. Yesterday in my recipe ideas book I wrote down White Chocolate Raisinet Oatmeal Cookies. Too weird! Love that you added brown butter…yum!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      That’s too funny! Well, the combo is a winner and if you try it, you’re going to love it!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook — May 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Averie, anything would taste better with browned butter, white chocolate and raisinets. I’m thinking the perfect movie popcorn that could be smuggled in inside my purse. But seriously, these sound pretty, pretty good!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Oatmeal is totally better when mixed with brown butter! These look so good!

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    Valerie — May 2, 2013 at 8:31 am

    When I first made brown butter, successfully, it kind of felt like I’d pulled off the impossible – whilst hanging upside down, blindfolded. :D

    I can’t think of anything more comforting than the cosy combination of oatmeal and brown butter. Delicious!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — May 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I always loved yogurt covered raisins. My grandmother would buy them and bulk and share with me!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Keep the oatmeal kick going! I love oatmeal cookies and these bars sound fantastic with brown butter and white chocolate!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Oh my… I’m really thinking that I need to start an “Averie Baked Creations Bucket List”. Your oatmeal bars look out-of-this-world chewy-good and packed with goodness, Averie! They are a must-bake-ASAP recipe. I just adore Raisinets and could eat an entire box in one sitting. Being originally from Michigan, we were spoiled with chocolate covered dried cherries and cranberries, too. Irresistible! Pinning to group boards at Pinterest, pronto! xo

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — May 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    It has been forever since I had Raisinets and now I am going to think about them and think about them until I go buy them. :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Oh man, these look amazing :) I love raisinettes!

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    Colette — June 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    These look healthy.

    Any excuse is a good one, right?

    I’m so making these tonight!

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