A blanket of snowy white sugar covers these sweet, delicious bars. The mincemeat, molasses, raisins, and brown sugar flavors, enhanced by the orange and vanilla extracts combine to give a wonderful rich taste. Perfect for your fall and winter dessert table.
Small amount of vegetable shortening and flour for preparing pan
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons light or dark molasses
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon pure orange extract
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup prepared mincemeat
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons confectioners (powdered) sugar
Tip: Use a citrus zester for fresh zest. Use standard measuring cups and spoons or scales for accurate measuring.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare one 13x9x2 inch oblong pan; lightly grease the pan with shortening and dust with flour.
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice together. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine egg, butter, brown sugar, and molasses; use an electric mixer or wooden spoon and beat together until mixture is thick and smooth. Add orange zest, orange extract, and vanilla extract; stir to mix. Add mincemeat, raisins, and walnuts; stir to mix. Add flour mixture; stir until mixed.
- Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven. Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the tops of the hot bars with confectioner’s sugar. Leave bars in pan to cool; place baking pan on a wire cooling rack to cool. Cut into 2 inch squares.
Tip: My favorite tool to cut bar cookies is a stainless steel dough scraper; simply push the dough scraper straight down into the cookie for straight cuts. Or use a pizza cutter or small kitchen knife to cut the cookie into bars.
Makes about 3 dozen bars
Adapted from: Bluestein, Barry and Kevin Morrissey, The Complete Cookie, Doubleday, New York, 1996
Description: Bar Cookie with Fruit and Nuts
Pan: One 13"x9"x2" Oblong
Pan Prep: Greased and Floured
Oven Temp: 375o
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Baking Time: 25 to 30 Minutes
Yield: 3 Dozen Bars
Storage: Airtight Container, Room Temperature
Recipe Type: Cookie, Mincemeat, Raisins, Walnuts, Thanksgiving, Christmas
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