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DESSERT RECIPE: Raisin Walnut Spice Bars

1-cup margarine, softened
2 1/4-cups lightly packed brown sugar
1/3-cup molasses
4-cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2-tsp baking powder
1 1/2-tsp baking soda
1 1/2-tsp cinnamon
1-tsp ground cloves
1-tsp nutmeg
1-cup raisins
1-cup walnuts, chopped
1-egg, slightly beaten

Cream margarine and brown sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy
Add eggs and molasses, beating until light and smooth
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices
Stir into creamed mixture thoroughly
Add raisins and walnuts, stirring just to blend
Shape dough on greased and floured baking sheets into 6 logs (14"long x 1 1/2" wide x 1/2" high)
Put 2 logs per sheet as they spread during baking
Brush with egg to glaze
Bake @ 375* for 10-14 minutes or until golden
DON'T overbake
The dough will still be quite soft
Cool, and then slice diagonally into bars
Store in airtight container


This was a friendly email from a happy viewer about this recipe:

Many years ago, I searched all the grocery shelves for a product once put out by Pepperidge Farms -- raisin spice bars.  I used to eat them with a quart of milk for a midnight snack as an undergraduate student.  Alas, the product, I found out from Campbell's, was discontinued.  Wanting to relive the experience of those delicious cookies, I went on line several years ago (2002) to find a recipe that seemed like it would produce the same experience.  I tried several but was not satified until I came across your recipe for Raisin Walnut Spice Bars.  I just skip the walnuts and what I experience is the same (or better, perhaps) than what I remember from college.  This time of year, I make several batches (working on my fifth this week) and my family loves them, my neighbors love them, my colleagues love them -- they are very popular!  Thanks for posting this recipe that brings such joy to so many around me!...Bill