Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Delicious for after school or for lunch boxes. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (April 1982)
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup corn oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) or 1⁄2 cup pecans (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1⁄2 cup hot water, use only as much as needed
- Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
- Spray a 10 x 15-inch cookie sheet with sides or a jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray (Pam) or grease pan.
- Combine first 9 ingredients (flour- cloves) in large bowl and stir to combine.
- Stir in nuts (if using) and raisins.
- Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly with a knife or spatula.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool bars in pan on rack for 10 minutes while preparing icing.
- To prepare icing: blend powdered sugar with water in a small bowl until smooth.
- When bars cooled for ten minutes or so, spread icing over bars.
- Let bars finish cooling before cutting.
The bars themselves were good but I must have done something wrong with the frosting because it was really runny and made my bars really soggy. I think the 1/2 cup of water is way too much. I added a little more powdered sugar to it but it still was runny. If I make them again, I would just sprinkle them with powdered sugar or leave it off. Thanks anyway.
Very easy to make and absolutely delicious. Anything with spices in it is probably my favorite kind of baked goods. Only thing I did different was to add a little butter to the frosting to cut the sweetness. Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe, Ellie.