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This recipe for ENGLISH COOKIES BAR, by , is from SENNFUL COOKING , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Myrna Karnold
Added: Saturday, July 26, 2008


2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in 1/4 cup hot coffee)
2 cups flour
1/2 box raisins (cooked and drained, preserving the liquid) (2 cups)
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla or maple flavorings
1/4 cup milk (use evaporated)
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar or less

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time. Stir in baking soda which has been dissolved in the hot coffee. Add the raisins (the cookies are better if you leave a little liquid with the raisins) and nuts. Stir in flour and salt. Spread on a cookie sheet (one with sides) about 1/2 inch thick.

Bake at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes. Frost with Brown Sugar Icing.

Combine brown sugar, butter, shortening and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add milk, cook 3 minutes. Cool. When cool, add powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla or maple flavoring. (If icing is a little too thick for spreading, add a very small amount of milk until you reach desired consistency. Spread on baked cookie bar and cut into squares.

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