Dried Fruit Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried pears
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries 
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine 
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats and dried fruit; set aside.
  3. In large heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat. 
  4. Stir in sugar, salt, lemon rind, corn syrup and vanilla; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in oat mixture.
  6. Turn into 13-by 9-inch baking pan; press mixture to form an even layer.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Cut into bars while still warm.
  9. Makes about 24 bars.

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