Mincemeat Bar Cookies are a perfect treat for mincemeat lovers. Mincemeat Bar Cookies are like eating a mincemeat pie, without the hassle of making pie crust.
According to my sister Carol, “A blanket of snowy white sugar covers these sweet, delicious bars. The mincemeat, molasses, raisins, and brown sugar flavors, enhanced by the orange and vanilla extracts combine to give a wonderful rich taste. These bars are perfect for your fall and winter dessert table.”
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice, ground
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cups (firmly-packed) light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses (light or dark)
- 1 teaspoon orange zest, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon pure orange extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup mincemeat prepared (either purchased or homemade)
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar) for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 13- x 9-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice together; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine egg, butter, brown sugar, and molasses; beat together until mixture is thick and smooth. Add orange zest, orange extract, and vanilla extract; stir to mix. Add mincemeat, raisins and nuts; stir to mix. Add flour mixture; stir until mixed.
Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan. Bake approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven.
Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the top of the hot cookie with confectioners sugar. Leave cookie in pan to cool; place baking pan on wire rack to cool.
When cool, cut into 2-inch squares.
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Source: Carol Arroyo, and her website called The Baking Pan. Recipe adapted from The Complete Cookie by Barry Bluestein and Kevin Morrissey.