Old fashioned raisin bars are thin, cake-like spice bars loaded with raisins and topped with a creamy frosting.
When I came across this retro recipe, I decided we had to try it.
They are moist, with a tender crumb, plump raisins, and perfectly spiced. They are easy to make and are a great snack or even breakfast.
I couldn’t keep my husband away from them. Needless to say, these did not last long at our house.
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Old Fashioned Raisin Bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
For easy removal from the sheet pan, line it with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients, pour into the pan and bake.
In a saucepan bring the water to a boil over medium heat.
Combine the raisins and the boiling water. Remove from the heat, add the butter and cool to lukewarm.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt together in a medium-size bowl.
Pour the raisin mixture in large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, egg and dry ingredients. With an electric mixer, beat until thoroughly blended.
Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
To Frost: In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tablespoon at a time of milk to the desired consistency.
I enjoyed the frosting but I think the next time I make these spiced raisin bars, I will just dust with powdered sugar. Or maybe a simple powdered sugar glaze.
Cut into bars or slice however you like. I sliced in the typical bar form. Enjoy!
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Old Fashioned Raisin Bars
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. butter melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- enough milk for spreading consistency desired
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine raisins and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.1 cup raisins, 1 cup water
- Remove from heat, add butter; cool to lukewarm.1/2 cup butter
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt together in a medium-size bowl.1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. salt
- Pour the raisin mixture in large mixing bowl; add sugar, egg and dry ingredients.1 cup sugar, 1 large egg
- With an electric mixer, beat until thoroughly blended.
- Pour into greased and floured sheet pan (15½x10½x1-inch) and bake about 25 minutes.
- To frost:
- In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon at a time of milk to the desired consistency.2 Tbsp. butter, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, enough milk for spreading consistency desired
Recipe source RecipeCurio.com