Cherokee Molasses Bars

The other weekend I wanted to make a sweet dessert for the upcoming week.  I do try to keep a little sweet something in the house for our “lunch box” and evening snacks.  I was also busy with other things and didn’t want to do anything difficult or time consuming.

This bar cookie fit the bill for my criteria of the day.  It’s so stinking simple by mixing it in a bowl, dump it into a greased 9×13 pan and bake.  I make a super easy powdered sugar based citrus icing and call it done!  Not only is it super easy, it’s also super delicious!  I kid you not that they were gone by Friday!  It stays on the ‘short list’ of our sweets list.

This is a molasses type bar cookie with both dates and raisins.  The icing is a thin Citrus Icing that gives the bar cookie exactly what it needs to work.

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Here’s how I make them.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Thoroughly grease a 9x13x2 baking pan with vegetable shortening or cooking spray.

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In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable shortening, egg and molasses with a hand held mixer at medium speed until well mixed.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

About two minutes…

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Add the self rising flour, baking soda and milk.

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Folding with a spatula, mix until it’s all incorporated into the batter.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Stir in the raisins and chopped dates.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

It looks good enough to eat as it is!  But we have one more thing to do…

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Pour this bowl licking batter into the well greased 9x13x2 baking pan.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

And spread it around so it’s all nice and even.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Let cool to room temperature.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Spread a thin layer of the Citrus Icing and let the icing set up and develop a slight crust on top before cutting.

Aren’t ya ready to cut into it already!  I’m telling you, it’s gonna be one lip smacking bar cookie.  Want to see what it looks like inside?  Scroll on down…

Cherokee Molasses Bars

And here they are.  I truly had to get the pictures made before the pan was gone.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Notice the thin layer of icing.  That’s all you need for these Cherokee Molasses Bars.  Otherwise it would be too sweet and overpowering.

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Don’t ya wish you had one?

Cherokee Molasses Bars

Makes about 30 bars.

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For the Citrus Icing, click on the link or the picture!

For other bar cookies, check out:

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Click on the photos above or these links for the recipes!

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Raspberry Shortbread Bars and Lemon Bars!

Cherokee Molasses Bars

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Cherokee Molasses Bars

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 30

Serving Size: 2"x2" square

Cherokee Molasses Bars

This is a molasses type bar cookie with both dates and raisins. The icing is a thin citrus frosting that gives the bar cookie exactly what it needs to work.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with vegetable shortening or cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable shortening, egg and molasses with a hand held mixer at medium speed until well mixed. About two minutes.
  3. Add the self rising flour, baking soda and milk. Folding with a spatula, mix until it's all incorporated into the batter.
  4. Stir in the raisins and chopped dates and pour batter into the well greased 9x13 baking pan.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature.
  6. Spread a thin layer of the Citrus Icing and let the icing set up and develop a slight crust on top before cutting.

Notes

For the Citrus Icing, visit: sweetteawithlemon.com/citrus-icing/

https://sweetteawithlemon.com/cherokee-molasses-bars/

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