Moist bars made in a pan, delicious!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Blend in the egg, molasses and hot coffee. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into the molasses mixture until well blended. Mix in the raisins. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

  • Bake for about 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. To make icing, combine butter, confectioners' sugar and cold coffee in a medium bowl; beat until smooth. Frost bars while warm, but allow them to cool before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

172 calories; protein 1.2g 2% DV; carbohydrates 28.1g 9% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 12.8mg 4% DV; sodium 55.4mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2006
These bars were very good. I was afraid the coffee would make them taste more like mocha than molasses but they didn't. They were nice and moist. However I didn't care for the frosting. It had a coffee after taste and I don't care for coffee. I still rate this recipe a 5 because the bars were excellent Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2007
the batter was beautiful so smooth tasted great... but the bars were dry. still soft just not moist like i thought they would be. i even took them out of the oven 5 minutes early. the frosting is great could eat that by the spoonful. i may experiment a bit with ingredients to fix this recipe. it is worth saving. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2007
the batter was beautiful so smooth tasted great... but the bars were dry. still soft just not moist like i thought they would be. i even took them out of the oven 5 minutes early. the frosting is great could eat that by the spoonful. i may experiment a bit with ingredients to fix this recipe. it is worth saving. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2006
These bars were very good. I was afraid the coffee would make them taste more like mocha than molasses but they didn't. They were nice and moist. However I didn't care for the frosting. It had a coffee after taste and I don't care for coffee. I still rate this recipe a 5 because the bars were excellent Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2008
very strong molasses flavor...frosting is great with the coffee flavor!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2012
I did not quite follow the recipe but these came out absolutely perfect - texture moisture chewiness so I'll post the changes I made. I omitted the sugar and did 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce plus 1/4 cup water. I used all whole wheat flour. I did not use any coffee and I did not do the icing. No raisins. 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 ea of cloves and nutmeg (I'm a big fan of cinnamon but this smaller amount combined with the nutmeg and cloves was perfect). For shortening I did half of it as unsalted butter and half of it as evirgin coconut oil. Since there's no sugar I added a little of the flour and used a fork to 'cream' the butter into the rest of the ingredients. These were so amazing we were all blown away (I had a strong craving for molasses and whipped this up not knowing what to expect). No dryness no crumbling no sticking. Just perfect. This is SO simple to make (esp without coffee part) and just absolutely lovely texture. Be sure to lightly rub a stick of butter around your pan (i used a thick ceramic 10x10 dish) and baked 25 min. 2nd rack from bottom of oven for baking. It will seem really thick to spread (and thin) for the pan but it turns out great. Here is the key: SERVE with CREAM drizzled generously over it- WOW wow wow. Not too sweet simple heavenly flavors. I'm planning to transform a few of these squares into icecream sandwiches with some homemade french vanilla cream- can't wait! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/13/2009
WOW these are way too sweet for me. I think they would be good without the frosting but when I put the frosting on I couldn't stand to eat them they're just so sweet. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2013
I made this recipe exactly as stated and my family LOVED them (3 kids under 12!). Ive made them 2 more times and everytime they are gone in 24 hours! I love the molasses flavor and think the coffee icing is a nice blend of flavors. Love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2013
These were so good! I had to double the amount of coffee in the frosting in order to make it spreadable. These are great with coffee! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2015
I followed the recipe as stated. The only addition I did was to plump the raisins. The coffee flavor in the icing was delicious. The first 2 pieces were difficult to remove neatly from the pan but after that I was on my way. I will definitely make these again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2020
Easy and delicious! Read More
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