ISO Oatmeal bar/square cookie recipe
I am looking for a specific recipe. The original source was the 'Cookie and Squares' edition of a cookbook series from the '70s/80's that was produced by a US woman's magazine (Family Circle? Woman's Day?) It wasn't high end and not terribly sturdy and I ended up discarding all but this one-now it is packed up in the other house and I want to bake these cookies NOW!!!!.
The recipe was very simple: it started in a pot on a burner with melted butter and brown sugar to which you added salt, something, something else and quick-cooking oatmeal. Then you patted the whole thing into a 8 inch pan and baked it in the overn.
I have tried to get the proportions and additions right and can't do it. Then I 'googled' every variation I could think of, but all I get are fruit and nut concoctions that just aren't quite right.
Here's one from my wife's recipe box that's similar to what you described:
Melt 1 cup butter in sauce pan
Stir in ½ tsp salt and 2 tsp cinnamon
Stir in 1 cup brown sugar and continue stirring over medium low heat until sugar is completely dissolved.
Set aside and allow to cool below 120 degrees
Beat in 2 eggs
Combine all with 2 cups flour together with two cups quick oats and 1 tsp baking soda
Press into 9x13 baking dish and bake in moderate oven (350 degrees)
As no two ovens are precisely alike, test for doneness at 12 minutes.
Cookies are done when lightly browned and bubbly.
When done, remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares..
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp almond or vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups rolled oats.
Melt butter, mix in extract and sugar.
Add oats, mix well.
Press into 8-inch square baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
Cool and cut into 25 squares.