These spicy cookie bars were served in the Indiana governor's mansion when Otis Bowen was governor of the state. Beth, his wife, published many delicious recipes in local Indiana newspapers back in those years.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan and set aside.
In a saucepan bring the water and raisins to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Allow to col to lukewarm.
Meanwhile mix shortening, egg, and sugar together. Set aside.
In another bowl stir together all remaining unused ingredients except nuts and powdered sugar. Stir in raisins and shortening mixture. Finally stir in nuts.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes. When cool dust with powdered sugar and cut into 24 bars.
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