Raisin Spice Bars

    45 minutes

    These are great bars with a mix of raisins and spices. If you like yummy, spicy, chewy bars, you'll love these!

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    Serves: 30 

    • 3/4 cup (150g) white sugar
    • 150g margarine
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 1/2 cups (310g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 3/4 cup raisins
    • 1 cup icing sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a 20x30cm baking dish.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream the white sugar and margarine together. Stir in the molasses and honey. Sift together the flour, bicarb soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; add to the creamed mixture and mix until well blended. Finally, stir in the raisins.
    3. Press the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, bars should turn golden brown. Top will appear smooth and dry to the touch.
    4. Meanwhile, make the icing. In a smaller bowl, stir the icing sugar together with the milk and vanilla. Drizzle over the spice bars while they are still warm. Allow biscuits to cool before cutting.

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    If you like a good, spicy cookie, this is the one. Even after adjusting the spices (1 teas. cinnamon, 1/2 teas. ginger, 1/4 teas. cloves), it is still plenty spicy. I did find the dough too dry and added 1 egg to the mixture. Baked 17 minutes and they are moist and chewy.  -  23 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I think the trick with these is not to overbake. My first batch were bricks but since the flavor was great I tried again and simply watched them more closely in the oven. So without altering the ingredients they turned out great after 18 minutes of baking. (Probably could have gone 20 but I was nervous, hee hee.) Very tasty. Thanks for the recipe!  -  22 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These are absolutely delicious -- I went on a cookie-making binge and tried over 25 different cookie recipes; this one was among my very favorites. Soft, sweet, and unusually flavored. If you like spice/molasses cookies, you will like these.  -  01 Mar 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)