1 cup melted butter
1/4 cup milk or water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 yellow cake mix
3 cups of minute (instant) oatmeal
Add ins: optional, any combination…
1 cup of baking chips ( white or butterscotch work best)
1 cup of raisins plumped by soaking in warm water for 10 mins
1 cup of nuts
Diced apples or dried fruit
Add all of the main ingredients to a large mixing bowl and blend with a mixer.
Batter will be thick and very sticky
Add mix ins and stir with a spoon, or wait until after the dough is spread to sprinkle them on top and use the spoon to push them into the batter
Lightly oil a large baking dish or two 9×9 pans or if you want very thin bars spread it out on a high sided cookie sheet
Press the dough down so there are no gaps
Bake at 350* for 15 minutes and check to see if they are done, they will be very moist and are done when the top is lightly browned, if need be allow to cook a few minutes and check again.
Remove from the oven and allow to stand for at least an hour until totally cool and they have settled into a thick somewhat dense bar.
Cut into slices and serve or wrap in plastic wrap.
If you use a foil pan you can just cover it with foil and freeze the entire pan.