Like all favorite recipes, this one has food splatters and is well worn. But that’s because this just isn’t a favorite recipe, it is a GREAT one as those who sampled them at the Kern’s holiday event can agree. So, by popular demand, here’s how to make them. This isn’t a “healthy” recipe. But it goes together quickly and it makes a lot, plenty to share and great to take to a pot-luck event.

Lemony-raisin bars
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)

1 tablespoon each grated lemon rind and lemon juice

2 cups raisins Combine in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, just until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat and set aside.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine

1 1/3 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups oats

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tespoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla together well. Add remaining ingredients, blending well. Mixture will be crumbly. Reserve two cups. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan that has been buttered or sprayed with baking spray. Spread raisin mixture to within a half-inch of edges. Sprinkle with remaining two cups of oat mixture, patting down lightly. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool completely and if desired, sift two tablespoons powdered sugr over surface, and cut into one-by-two-inch bars. Makes four dozen.