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Spice Cake Bars

 Spice Cake Bars
Whenever I went to Grandmother's, she served these flavorful bars, topped with creamy frosting. Today, I do the same for our grandchildren, who like the little treats just as much.
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg. Beat in molasses and water until blended. Combine the flour,
  • ginger, allspice, baking soda and cloves; gradually add to the
  • creamed mixture.
  • Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat shortening, butter and lemon juice

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Spice Cake Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until smooth. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Frost bars.
  • Yield: about 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 345 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.