Gerhild's Raisin Squares ❤️
➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
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.
Now, personally, I'm really not a fan of raisins.
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!
Grab your copy of my favorites in my Christmas Cookies e-Cookbook written in English for an old-fashioned Christmas.
Sharing traditional German Christmas baking, made using easily available ingredients, ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our heritage anytime of the year.
That's why this recipe is so nice. With the "German twist" that I love, and the raisins that hubby loves, these "Rosinenschnitten" are a hit.
What a pretty presentation this makes. Adding sliced strawberries on top of the icing just before serving, brings color and a taste of freshness.
Ready to make these raisin squares?
Oma Gerhild's Raisin Squares
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
Makes 16 squares
- 1 cup raisins
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp water
- 1 cup flour, all purpose
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1½ tbsp lemon juice or 1 tsp almond extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 8" x 8" 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 - 30 minutes until set.
- Let cool in pan on wire rack.
- In mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, and lemon juice (or almond extract) until smooth, adding more juice (or water) until spreading consistency.
- Spread over cooled raisin squares.
- If you want thinner and more squares (as shown in the picture), then use a 9" x 9" pan. This only takes about 15 - 20 minutes to bake. Cuts into 25 squares.
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