what i made for monday- white chocolate and toffee oatmeal squares

I don't have a photo of the final product but just know that they are AMAZING.  I found the recipe right up there on the lid of the oatmeal container...they call it "Disappearing Oatmeal Cookies" but I always make them in bar form...I've made them for years now.

You can swap out the raisins for what you have in the cabinets...in this case, I had white chocolate chips and heath toffee pieces.  I've made these with raisins, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, etc...there is no wrong way to mix it up.

Here's what you need:
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon sal
  • 3  cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins (or sub another ingredient.  for the white chocolate/toffee ones I added one cup of each)
Preparation:
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. 

Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.


Also, I am so thrilled to hear from so many of you that because of "What I made for Mondays" you have started baking things for YOUR husband to take into work!  Yay!

Let me tell you about a little of the impact that "What I made for Mondays" has had in my little world.  I started doing this as a way to extend love to Doug's coworkers.  Just love.  No strings attached, no expectations or reciprocation expected OR desired.  I've been doing it for almost two years now and it's reach is growing.  People look forward to Mondays just a little to see what I will make, they skip lunch to save room, the treats have been conversation starters and welcomes to new people.  The impact at Doug's work has been worth it alone.

But it doesn't stop there.  Since Moses started school I have also taken a portion of the treats and sent a little to each of Moses' wonderful teachers.  This has helped Moses to become a little more confident, shown him how to show gratefulness and thanks to others and has helped him in his social skills just a bit since I make HIM take them in and present them to his teachers.  His teachers LOVE the weekly treats and are always asking for the recipes.  And not only do the teachers love them...but they take the treats home for lunch to share with their husbands, too!  And now their husbands get excited for Mondays, too!

All that and more from a little nudge I was given by God to serve my husband in a simple way.  I'm thankful that God chooses to love me and allow me to serve in a way that I LOVE!

I've always said that "food" is my love language!  


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5 comments:

Rachel said...

Hi Crystal!

I was just putting the dots together at the beginning of this post... "Wow, what a sweet way to serve your husband... and co-workers! I get the what I made on Mondays thing now!" and then you spelled it out for me even more... what a good idea! And I love that you do this for your kids too. I can totally see how it would teach them the things you mentioned. I actually don't love to cook (for dinner), but I LOVE to bake (and make yummy treats!). Permission to copy your idea?

Love, Rachel
PS I am celebrating one year of blogging this week! You have inspired me so much... and I mentioned you today :)
http://commontomoms.blogspot.com/2012/03/common-to-moms-blogiversary-survey.html

Nancy said...

Crystal,
This is so awesome! I have been following you since the beginning of the year, but I never realized that you were making these goodies for your husband to take to work. What a wonderful idea. And I love that you don't have any expectations to go along with them. You are an amazing inspiration!

God Bless,
Nancy

Victoria said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it and the recipe.

SoSoBella said...

Love this.

Debra McLaren said...

What would be the weight of the butter used? I'd love to make these!

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