I baked for the Lakeview Methodist care center coffee cart this weekend, every afternoon Monday thru Friday the coffee cart makes the rounds to the residents offering coffee, juice, cookies, bars or the like. Some of our local churches, Lakeview auxiliary members and caring volunteers sign up to provide these goodies. The residents love the home baked treats, perhaps it reminds them of when they were able to bake or maybe it gives them a warm feeling knowing there are people in the community who care enough about them to provide the goodies. The Lakeview kitchen staff can also bake cookies but they just aren’t the same as home baked. Yesterday I made some bars that my Mom used to bake frequently that I hadn’t made for a long time, they have simple ingredients that one usually has on hand, an oldie but a goodie as the saying goes!
Chocolate topped Oatmeal Bars
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks, or I just use one whole egg
1 cup + 1 tablespoon flour
1 cup quick oatmeal
1/2 pkg. milk chocolate chips
Cream butter with sugars, add egg, mix well, stir in flour and oatmeal. With a wet hand press dough evenly into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until edges are just becoming brown. Immediately after taking from the oven scatter the chips on top of the hot bars, set back into the over for a minute or two, then spread melted chips as you would frosting, cool and cut into bars. Stay warm and have a great week!
I'm Kathy Lloyd. I grew up on a farm near Elmore, MN and have lived in Fairmont for over 44 years. I have always loved to cook, even when I was very young. I loved to stay with my Aunt Dorothy during my childhood. She was a great cook and used to give me freedom in the kitchen, teaching me along the way. She made recipes from our Norwegian heritage, along with pies, homemade doughnuts, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.