Old fashioned raisin bars are a thin, cake-like spice bar 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. 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.
For easy removal from the sheet pan, line it with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients, pour into the pan and bake.
Allow to cool, and frost generously. 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.
Slice however you like. I sliced in the typical bar form. Enjoy!
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1¾ cups unsifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. allspice
- ½ tsp. cloves
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1¾ 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.
- Remove from heat, add butter; cool to lukewarm.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Pour the raisin mixture in large mixing bowl; add sugar, egg and dry ingredients.
- 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.
Recipe source RecipeCurio.com