Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2014
Raisin Spice Bars are a delicious cake-type bar that are great to make during the holiday season because of the delicious spices added to the mix. These lovely bars have cinnamon and nutmeg along with walnuts and golden raisins, then they’re iced with a luscious Lemon Buttercream Frosting on top. Yum with a capital Y!
The old-world flavor of these bars remind you of all things Christmas, like scented cinnamon sticks, wassail, and old-fashioned cookie recipes from the past. If you enjoy spice cookies or Molasses Cookies you’ll love these treats.
I love Christmas cookie baking, but I’m also glad when it’s over because after baking 5,000 + cookies each year, I’m pretty worn out. But last week as I was taking stock of all the leftover Christmas baking goodies, I noticed that I had two boxes of golden raisins that I needed to get rid of. I decided to use some of them in this tasty recipe. The original recipe called for dates, but I substituted the raisins instead and they turned out quite wonderfully.
I’m not sure where I found the original recipe. I clipped it out of a magazine in the very early 1980s, but I’ve made the Spice Squares for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza several times over the years–probably because it’s so easy to make and I usually had everything on hand.
This recipe is also pretty economical as far as recipes go. Some of the cookie recipes these days can get quite expensive. While I used golden raisins because that’s what I had on hand, regular raisins, dates, or dried apricots would also work very well in this recipe.
If you’re looking for a tasty recipe for your holiday baking and you enjoy the spicy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, then Raisin Spice Bars are a delightful treat your family is sure to enjoy. These fluff up nice and big and provide mouthfuls of enjoyment for those who consume them.
Raisin Spice Bars are a delicious cake-type cookie filled with raisins and walnuts.
While I used golden raisins because I was trying to use them up, you can also substitute regular raisins, dates, or dried apricots.
The Lemon Buttercream Frosting makes Raisin Spice Bars sensational!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the cookie.
Place UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour in a bowl. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, golden raisins and finely diced walnuts.
Stir ingredients to combine and set aside.
Beat eggs in a separate mixing bowl. Add sugar and whisk again.
Add sour cream.
Whisk ingredients again. Then combine flour mixture with egg mixture.
Stir with a whisk to combine.
Grease a 9×13″ baking dish. Add batter to dish and smooth the top.
Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before adding the frosting.
Meanwhile, make icing. I used these ingredients plus heavy whipping cream.
Place softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and grated lemon peel. Then add vanilla, cream and powdered sugar and mix with an electric mixer or whisk until smooth.
Smooth Lemon Buttercream Frosting over top of Raisin Spice Bars. Cut into squares to serve.
Raisin Spice Bars are a wonderful holiday treat to serve your company.
The cinnamon and nutmeg flavors work so well in this recipe.
Here’s the recipe.
RAISIN SPICE BARS
(Recipe inspired from an old Spice Squares recipe)
- 2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal [/url]UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ cup [url href=”http://www.fishernuts.com/” target=”_blank” title=”fisher walnuts”]Fisher[/url] chopped walnuts
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, raisins and walnuts in a mixing bowl and stir to combine and separate the raisins and the walnuts.
- Set aside.
- Beat or whisk eggs in a separate mixing bowl.
- Add sugar and sour cream and beat again.
- Combine flour mixture with egg mixture.
- Pour into a greased 9×13” baking dish.
- Bake at 375° for about 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool completely.
- Frost with Lemon Butter Icing.
- Cut into bars to serve.
- 1/3 cup [url href=”http://www.landolakes.com/” target=”_blank” title=”land o lakes butter”]Land O’ Lakes[/url] softened unsalted butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. grated lemon peel
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 tbsp. milk or cream
- Blend butter and sugar; stir in lemon juice and peel, vanilla and cream.
- Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.
- Ice cooled squares.
Raisin Spice Bars have those old-world flavors that everyone enjoys at Christmas time.
The Lemon Buttercream Frosting on top of the Raisin Spice Bars makes this dessert rich and decadent. I think I’ll take a serving or two of icing! 🙂
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