Gerhild's Raisin Squares

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These raisin squares, similar to Hermit Squares, bring a warm, spicy fragrance to the kitchen. Because it's not a traditional German recipe, you may wonder why it is featured here. Check out Oma's Quickies to find out why. Quick and easy, this is a great bar recipe to use for Bake Sales and Potlucks. 

With its spicy aroma, these Rosinenschnitten great at Christmas as well. Covered with a lemon butter icing, I alter it using almond flavoring instead - a mock marzipan flavor - hence, a German twist. With the "German twist" that I love, and the raisins that he loves, these "Raisin Spice Bars" are a hit. 

Gerhild's Raisin Squares


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 cup flour, all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice or 1 tsp almond flavoring
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 8 X 8 inch pan.
  • Put first 8 ingredients into large pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, and simmer gently for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Mix baking soda and 2 tsp of water in a small bowl. Stir into raisin mixture.
  • Let raisin mixture cool. I've placed the pot into cold water to speed this up.
  • Mix together flour and baking powder. Stir into raisin mixture. Mix well.
  • Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until set.
  • Let cool in pan on wire rack.
  • In mixing bowl, beat icing sugar, butter, and lemon juice (or almond flavoring) until smooth, adding more juice (or water) until spreading consistency.
  • Spread over cooled raisin squares. Cuts into 16 squares.


  • If you want thinner and more squares (as shown in the picture), then use a 9 X 9 inch pan. This only takes about 15 - 20 minutes to bake. Cuts into 25 squares.

Now, personally, I'm really not a fan of raisins.

Oma's Non German Favs

When given a choice in a recipe between adding raisins or nuts, for example, I'll always choose nuts.

However, my hubby loves raisins. One of his favorite "Canadian" recipes is raisin pie.

And, because I do love my hubby, I'll add raisins, just for him! That's why this recipe is so nice. With the "German twist" that I love, and the raisins that he loves, these "Rosinenschnitten" are a hit. 

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What a pretty presentation this makes. Using sliced strawberries on top of the icing, it adds color and a taste of freshness.

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