Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
aka Coffee Raisin Bars. A good "olde" recipe from the 50's. Posted in answer to a request. We've been enjoying these for years. One of those old-fashioned cookie bars people always like. Not elegant or gorgeous but just plain good.
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup coffee (weak or strong) or 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄3 cup shortening or 1⁄3 cup oleo
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons oleo
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- enough warm coffee to make frosting spreadable on warm cookie
- Combine the liquid ingredients in pot, Bring to boil, boil 5 minutes, then let cool.
- Combine the dry ingredients.
- Mix dry ingredients with cooled ingredients.
- Spread in greased floured 11 x 15 pan.
- If batter is too thick, thin with sherry or rum or water before spreading.
- Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes approximately
- Spread frosting on warm cake.
- I think you could adjust any of the spices to your own taste, but we liked it as is.
These are very similar to a fruit bar that a very popular grocery store in our area sells, I've always loved them. I think they would be just as good without the frosting, but hey you can never have enough frosting, right? Thanks for a timeless recipe, it's one that we'll enjoy for many years.
These were great and smelled terrific as they baked! I skipped the cloves, as I am not fond of them, but otherwise made as directed. They were terrific and everyone loved them. The icing is really good, too! The coffee in the bars and the icing give them a unique flavor. They were great the next morning with a cup of coffee also. Thanks for a super recipe!