Molasses brownie. Photo: Bezajel, Flickr.
Happy Molasses Bar Day!
Molasses, created by the processing of sugar cane into sugar, adds sweet depth and complexity to any baked good, particularly to those that use it prominently. While it's most frequently spooned into cookies and gingerbread, it makes quite an impression in simple molasses bars.
In one "childhood favorite" recipe by blogger Country Living, City Style, the sugar-and-margarine based bars use a generous half cup of molasses, add some brown spices for taste (cinnamon and allspice), toss in a handful of raisins for added sweetness, and all come together in a chewy texture likened to that of an undercooked cookie. The recipe -- courtesy of one "Grandma Marion" -- may be an older one, with "odd little measurements," but the blogger promises, "These are so damn tasty that it's worth it."
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