gumdrop cookie bars

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Sheila Bishop
from Terrell, TX

My mother made these and kept them in a plastic box for a few days so that the spices would develope.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves about 20 bars.
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min

Ingredients For gumdrop cookie bars

  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground mace
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/3 c
    vegetable shortening -- soft
  • 1 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 1 lg
    egg
  • 2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 c
    gumdrops
  • 1 c
    walnuts -- chopped
  • confectioner's sugar

How To Make gumdrop cookie bars

  • 1
    Cut small, soft gumdrops into 4 to 5 pieces each. (Do not use licorice-flavored candies.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sift flour with baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside. Place shortening, brown sugar, egg and vanilla into large bowl. Use an electric mixer set at medium speed to beat mixture until light and fluffy. Add half the flour mixture and the evaporated milk and beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour mixture until well combined. Add gumdrops and coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans), mixing well. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove pan to wire rack and cool partially. Cut into bars while still warm. Sprinkle lightly with sifted confectioner's sugar. Yield: about 20 bars.

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