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Aunt Lillian’s Raisin Bars

Aunt Lillian’s Raisin Bars

Old fashioned raisin bars are a thin, cake-like spice bar loaded with raisins and topped with a creamy frosting. 

They are moist, with a tender crumb, plump raisins and perfectly spiced. Easy to make and are a great snack or even breakfast.

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  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar or 1 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup sour milk or 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped raisins
  • 1/2 cup melted shortening
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • dash of ground cloves


  • Combine raisins and sour milk in a saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and add shortening; cool to lukewarm.
  • Add to a mixing bowl: raisin-milk & shortening solution, sugar and egg.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and add to the mixing bowl; beat until thoroughly blended.
  • Spread evenly in a greased and floured (or lined and sprayed) 15 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ x 1″ sheet pan.
  • Bake in preheated 350° oven about 20 minutes or until surface springs back when lightly touched with fingertips.
  • Cool then cut.

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