Sharon's Spice Squares

Sharon's Spice Squares

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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

How to Make Sharon's Spice Squares

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.

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About Sharon's Spice Squares

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



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