Sharon's Spice Squares Recipe

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Sharon's Spice Squares

Sharon Colyer

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@Cmom02

I first made these, when my son was in middle school; probably the late 1980s. The recipe was a magazine clipping. I have no idea, which one it would have come from though. Slightly tweaked by me.


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Serves:

Makes 24 servings

Prep:

40 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

shortening or cooking spray for greasing pan
2 c
sifted all-purpose flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1 c
raisins - optional (if not using raisins, see note with next ingredient.)
2 c
boiling water (if not using raisins, add only 1/2 cup lukewarm water .)
1 large
egg
1/2 c
vegetable shortening
1 c
sugar
1/2 c
walnuts

BROWN SUGAR/PENUCHE FROSTING

1/2 c
butter, melted
1 c
brown sugar, packed
1/4 c
hot milk
3 1/4 c
confectioners' sugar

ORANGE FROSTING

2 c
sifted confectioners' sugar
2 Tbsp
orange juice
1 Tbsp
melted butter

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan, with shortening or cooking spray.
2
Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, onto wax paper.
3
Boil raisins (if using) rapidly, in the 2 cups of water, in an uncovered medium-size saucepan for 10 minutes. Transfer raisins and their liquid to a large bowl. Cool, to lukewarm. (If not using raisins, only use 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.) Stir in egg, then shortening and sugar; then, flour mixture; add nuts. Turn into prepared pan.
4
Bake for 25 minutes, or until tests clean with a toothpick, in center. Cool completely, in pan on wire rack. Frost and cut into 24 squares.
5
BROWN SUGAR/PENUCHE FROSTING: Melt 1/2 cup butter and add 1 cup packed brown sugar. Bring to boiling; cook, and stir 1 minute, or until slightly thick. Cool 15 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup hot milk, and beat smooth. Beat in enough of the 3 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, for spreading consistency. Frosts one sheet cake or two 8 or 9 inch layers.
6
ORANGE FROSTING: Beat 2 cups confectioners' sugar with 2 Tbs.orange juice, and 1 Tb. melted butter, in a bowl, until smooth and spreadable.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids