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Bars and slices recipes could be one and the same

This week's recipes include Coffee Spice Bars, Cookie Bars and Fudgy Oatmeal Bars
From the Kitchen by Joyce Walter

Authors of community cookbooks often have different names for what they are preparing.

Some of the books talk about “slices” while others, using the same or similar recipes, call their finished product “bars.”

In the 30th Anniversary Cookbook of the Evangelical Free Church the title is “bars.”

This week’s bar recipes come from this book.

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Coffee Spice Bars

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Cream the butter, sugar and egg. Stir in the coffee and flour, mixing well with a whisk to avoid lumps. Add salt, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Blend in raisins.

Turn out mixture into a greased baking sheet or cake pan. Smooth. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and slice.

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Cookie Bars

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup boiling water

Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Fold in raisins and pecans. Blend flour and spices and then mix into butter mixture. Add boiling water and beat well.

Spread mixture on a greased cookie sheet and smooth to about 1/2 inch depth.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Use favourite icing and ice bars while still warm. Let cool before slicing. Note: instead of frosting, icing sugar may be sprinkled over  cookie bar when cooled.

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Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Mix oatmeal with boiling water. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Pour into a greased 13x9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Sprinkle with icing sugar, if desired, before cutting.

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