2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup water
Bring raisins to boil in 1 cup water. Add shortening and baking soda. [Warning - the baking soda will fizz up, this is expected.]
Mix dry ingredients into raisin mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Use cookie pan (9 1/2 X 14).
Frost with powdered sugar milk while still warm.
Did it Work?
They were rather tasty with a nice spice level, but they have a tendency to dry out rather quickly. See below for my fixes.
Milk for water. Replacing the water with 1 cup of milk (I used 1%) made a significant difference to the moisture level of the bars. The next morning they were still edible and soft, rather than dry and unappealing.
Sugar. Like so many things, I changed out white sugar for brown. Both ways are nice, but the brown sugar adds a flavor dimension and a lovely tan color to the batter.
Frosting. The recipe calls for "powdered sugar milk", basically a glaze made up of powdered sugar and milk. Basically, I start with a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and mix in a couple of tablespoons of milk to make a smooth glaze and then drizzle it on. The cookies are tasty with it, but also do just fine without it.