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       Title: Applesauce, Date and Raisin Squares
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 16 Cookies
  
       1 c  Plus 3 tbsp. all-purpose
            - flour; unsifted
     1/2 ts Baking powder
     1/4 ts Salt
       1 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 ts Nutmeg; freshly grated
     1/2 ts Ground ginger
     1/4 ts Ground allspice
     1/3 c  Raisins
       6 tb Unsalted butter and
       1 tb Solid shortening; melted
            - together and cooled
     3/4 c  Dark brown sugar; packed
       2    Extra-large eggs
       2 ts Vanilla extract
     1/2 c  Applesauce
     1/3 c  Pitted dates; coarse chopped
            Confectioners' sugar (opt'l)
  
     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Film the inside of a 9-by-9-by-2-inch
   baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
     Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
   and allspice in a large mixing bowl. Toss the raisins with 1 tsp. of the
   flour mixture and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the
   butter-shortening mixture, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and
   applesauce. Pour the liquid ingredients over the flour mixture, add the
   raisins and dates, and stir to form a batter.
     Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake in the preheated oven for
   22 to 24 min., or until set. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
   Cut into 16 squares. For serving, sift a little confectioners' sugar over
   the top of the squares, if you wish. (Makes
        16    bar cookies)
     “Serve these cake-like bars very fresh, with warm cider or strong
   coffee.”
     (Washington Post, 8/31/95; Lisa Yockelson) From: Gizmowidge
  
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