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Ginger Bars

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

20 servings

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.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 213 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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