These are Sister Rachel's Spice Bars. If you like yummy, spicy, chewy cookie bars, you'll love these!

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x 13 inch baking dish.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream the white sugar and shortening together. Stir in the molasses and honey. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; add to the creamed mixture and mix until well blended. Finally, stir in the raisins.

  • Press the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, bars should turn golden brown. Top will appear smooth and dry to the touch.

  • Meanwhile ... make the icing. In a smaller bowl, stir the confectioners' sugar together with the milk and vanilla. Drizzle over the spice bars while they are still warm. Allow cookies to cool before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

148.5 calories; 1.3 g protein; 24.8 g carbohydrates; 0.1 mg cholesterol; 86.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2007
If you like a good spicy cookie this is the one. Even after adjusting the spices (1 teas. cinnamon 1/2 teas. ginger 1/4 teas. cloves) it is still plenty spicy. I did find the dough too dry and added 1 egg to the mixture. Baked 17 minutes and they are moist and chewy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/23/2004
tasted great smelled great...what did I do wrong? I baked 20 minutes and they were harder they rocks. Seem they need more of some kind of liquid. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2007
If you like a good spicy cookie this is the one. Even after adjusting the spices (1 teas. cinnamon 1/2 teas. ginger 1/4 teas. cloves) it is still plenty spicy. I did find the dough too dry and added 1 egg to the mixture. Baked 17 minutes and they are moist and chewy. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2005
I think the trick with these is not to overbake. My first batch were bricks but since the flavor was great I tried again and simply watched them more closely in the oven. So without altering the ingredients they turned out great after 18 minutes of baking. (Probably could have gone 20 but I was nervous hee hee.) Very tasty. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2003
These are absolutely delicious -- I went on a cookie-making binge and tried over 25 different cookie recipes; this one was among my very favorites. Soft sweet and unusually flavored. If you like spice/molasses cookies you will like these. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/23/2004
tasted great smelled great...what did I do wrong? I baked 20 minutes and they were harder they rocks. Seem they need more of some kind of liquid. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
Such a wonderful spice bar! I agree with some of the others to undercook is the key. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2002
I THOUGHT THESE WERE YUMMY!! ALMOST LIKE A HERMIT BUT I THINK I WILL BAKE THEM 5 MIN. LESS CAUSE THEY WERE A LITTLE HARDER THAN I LIKE. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2002
This is the best spice bar I've ever tasted! Love chewy cookies and these are moist also. One of my new favorites. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2009
This one is a "WINNER" They are very easy to make & at first they don't look like their going to turn-out like anything but crumbs but when you pat them down in your baking-pan & bake WOW are they ever delicious we only had to bake 20 min & they were done! After they were baked & still warm in the pan we poked holes in cake w/a regular table fork so the glaze/icing could seep through the cake b/f cutting. What a treat!!! Thanks for the recipe... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
I followed other reviewer's advice and added an egg and watched how long I left them in the oven. When they first came out they tasted really good. It was odd though because after a few hours they didn't taste as good. It became something of a chore to finish them off. So.. maybe skip the egg? Also I didn't use half the icing and they were plenty sweet. Read More
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