HERMIT BARS

 

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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace (or pinch of nutmet
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (use less if using salted butter)
  • 1 cup raisins (plumped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream together butter and sugar using high speed of electric mixer.
  • Beat for 3 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs and molasses.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together all dry ingredients.
  • Stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture.
  • Stir in raisins and nuts.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment or silpats.
  • Divide dough into 2 sections and form two logs of about 14×2 inches.
  • Brush logs with beaten egg.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Slice each log at an angle about 2 inches thick. Makes about 16 bars.

Notes

(adapted from Cook’s Illustrated)

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