Old-Fashioned Raisin Walnut Spice Bars Recipe

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This vintage bar cookie recipe should be included in the Oldie-But-Goodie Cookie Hall of Fame. Great for a brunch treat, snack or coffee break, it is dated 1960 but is timeless in appeal. Easily tweaked to reduce fat (swap out half the oil with equivalent amount of applesauce) or reduce sugar (sub non-nutritive sweetener alternatives.) Don’t like raisins? Use dried cranberries.

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Servings: 24


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  1. Combine raisins and water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in oil and cool to lukewarm (you can speed this up by chilling in refrigerator or placing pan in large bowl of ice water.) Stir in sugar and egg.
  2. In large bowl stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and walnuts. Add raisin mixture and stir just enough to incorporate ingredients well.
  3. Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees 20 minutes or until done. When cool, cut into 24 bars or squares. Before serving dust top lightly with powdered sugar.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 41g
Recipe makes 24 servings
Calories 131  
Calories from Fat 44 34%
Total Fat 5.02g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.01g 4%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Potassium 66mg 2%
Total Carbs 20.92g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 12.44g 8%
Protein 1.4g 2%



  • judee
    May 17, 2014
    Nice and basic but delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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