Spiced Cookie Bars

Oh my goodness, this has been a recipe I have been dying to try. When I go visiting my parents, I always stop at the mall there. In this mall, is my absolute FAVORITE store. Penzeys Spices! A whole store just filled with spices and very nice helpful people. Did I mention, I absolutely love this store? The store is beautifully arranged and everywhere you look, there are recipes for you to take (I love recipes!). They even have a monthly magazine you can take with even more recipes! I love trying different spices and the best part about Penzeys is that you can get small jars of practically anything. Finally, my favorite part about the store…the smell…its heavenly.

The last time I was there, aside from the wonderful welcome by the people who work there (who remember me), I was so happy to find this recipe by Sally K Field. It looked amazing and the recipe was very easy. I finally took a break and made it. I can tell you, that my house smelled so wonderful as this baked. I did change the sugar in this recipe  (1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar)  and omitted the nuts (walnuts, pecans). I was contemplating switching raisins for chocolate chips (I am not a big raisin fan) but after tasting the final product, I wouldn’t change a thing! The recipe was more like a soft cake and I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Hope you give it a try and enjoy!


1 cup of raisins (I used dark raisins)

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 egg

1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoons of allspice

1/2 teaspoons of cloves


  1. Boil 1 cup of raisins in 1 cup of water for about 10 minutes and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F
  3. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (raisins with water) until combined.
  5. Pour into your prepared pan
  6. Bake for 20 minutes

Enjoy with a big glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee/tea.


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