Monday, December 31, 2012

Spice Cookie Bars (Penzeys')

Wow it's been so long since I blogged! I have been very busy at work.  I was in charge of the annual holiday event, which went great.  Also our after school program ended on the 21st;  and the holidays are always busy for us all.  My job ended today, so I start the new year off without a job, but that's alright because I'm going back to school full time to get a certificate at my local community college.

This recipe was made on Christmas morning and I got it from the Penzeys' store.  They are from a woman named Sally K. Field who just wanted to make a healthier snack for her kids when they came home from school, as opposed to brownies.  They turned out to be very yummy and were a hit with the family.

Here's what you'll need:
1 cup seedless raisins
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon (the recipe called for Penzeys' China Cinnamon, but I used their regular one)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but pecans would work well too.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9"x13" pan and set aside.  Place the raisins and water in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Pour into a roomy bowl and add the vegetable oil, sugar and egg.
Mix well with an electric mixer.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.  Add to the raisin mixture and mix well.  Stir in the nuts, if using.  Press into the pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let cool before cutting, and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I'm a bit befuddled by the "Press" into pan. My batter was very liquidy and took 30 minutes to cook. All I can think of is that my raisins were very moist to begin with? That said, they are delicious, I've made them a couple of times and everyone loves them.