Molasses Raisin Bars


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Use mild or robust molasses for this recipe; blackstrap will taste too strong. If you like, you can add a cup of chopped nuts along with the raisins.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper or foil.

In a large bowl, beat together 2 to 3 minutes:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup molasses

Add and beat in:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vinegar

Whisk together, then stir in:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt

Add and stir in:
1 cup raisins

Scrape into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer with a spatula (the batter will be thick). Bake 40 to 45 minutes until lightly browned and firm, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool, then cut into shapes or bars. (If using a cookie cutter to cut shapes, trim the excess from around each shape and use a pancake turner to lift the shape from the pan.)