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Spice Cake Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

about 2 dozen

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups 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

  1. 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.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat shortening, butter and lemon juice until smooth. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Frost bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 345 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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