The best word to describe these bars is homey—they taste like someone’s grandmother made them. Tender, spiced, and full of old-fashioned molasses flavor, these are perfect for the holidays and throughout the cold weather. Feel free to adjust the raisins and pecans—you could add some golden raisins as part of the amount, or use all raisins or all pecans, depending on what you like.
Keep the bars between sheets of wax paper in a tin or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. To freeze, don’t cut the bars apart, but wrap and freeze the entire baked cake, then cut it into squares after you remove it from the freezer.
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