This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Lillian of Confectiona's Realm: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars. Take a fudgey chocolate layer filled with peanuts and raisins and sandwich it between an oatmeal and peanut layer and you've got Dorie's "Almost-Candy Bars."
These were fairly simple to make, though it seems like every time we have a recipe that uses raisins, there's a huge debate amongst the TWD bakers about the inclusion/exclusion/substitution of raisins. I personally have no problem with raisins in my baked goods, and if you like raisinettes, I don't know why you wouldn't like other things that have both chocolate and raisins in them. So I went ahead and included the raisins in this recipe. Sometimes I'll substitute dried cranberries (craisins) for raisins in a recipe, but just to change things up a bit, not because I don't like raisins with my chocolate!
To be honest, I did not really taste the raisins in this recipe. They're there and add a nice flavor but I'm not sure anyone who tried them could really tell that there were raisins in these. I enjoyed them quite a bit - to me, they tasted like a chocolate peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookie bar more than anything else. Personally, I think the "almost-candy bar" part is a bit of a misnomer. The Snickery Squares are more candy bar-like than these. Regardless of what you call them, they make a great snack.
Thanks, Lillian, for hosting this week. If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed these sweet treats!
* Recipes notes:
- This recipe makes a lot of bars, so consider halving the recipe if you don't have friends or coworkers to share these with.
- The topping does not spread much in the oven, so what you see is what you get after you add the topping.
- Wrapped well, these will keep for about four days at room temperature, 1 week in the refrigerator, or up to two months in the freezer.
- For tips from other TWD bakers, click here.