Molasses Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. molasses
  • 1 c. hot water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 5 c. flour
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 T. sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream the shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add the egg and molasses and beat well. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the molasses mixture. Add the spices and mix well. Stir in the flour by hand -- the mixture will be moist and heavy.

Spray a 10-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly to the edges. Sprinkle the top with the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top of the bars are cracked and set. Cool completely before cutting into wedges.

  • Yields: about 3 dozen
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
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