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Ginger Bars

 Ginger Bars
We always had dessert when we visited my grandparents' farm, and this was one of our favorites. During harvesttime, my brothers and sisters and I would take this or another dessert out to the field for the workers.
16-20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs; beat well. Beat in water and molasses. Combine the flour,
  • baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt; add to molasses
  • mixture and mix well.
  • Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with
  • confectioners' sugar if desired. Cut into bars. Yield: 20 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 213 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.