The first batch I made basically tasted like Ginger Chews and weren't as dark as the spice bars. So I cut the honey and upped the molasses in the second batch. I've had to up my time at the gym the last couple of weeks.
The following week the kids and I made a bakery run on a different day, and did a side-by-side taste test with the last of my second batch.
|My little guy is pointing to mine|
Note to self... check out Lebkuchen recipes.
Here is my latest version, lest I forget the changes I made from this recipe or where I left off.
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses (more for thinner dough?)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (try 1/2)
1 teaspoon ground ginger (try 1/2 or none)
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (try 1/4)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk (try 2)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x 13 inch baking dish.
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.
So if you're ever in Richmond, Virginia you should check out Williams bakery and get yourself a package of spice bars. You can also get two donuts, a slice of Savannah cake, and a slice of fresh strawberry cake and it totals $10.21. I know, right?!