Gerhild's Raisin Squares

➤ by 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.

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These raisin squares are like little fruitcakes ... so good!

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.

Oma's Non German Favs

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!

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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. 

oma's recipe for raisin squares! YUM!

What a pretty presentation this makes. Adding sliced strawberries on top of the icing just before serving, brings color and a taste of freshness. 


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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

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes

Servings:

Makes 16 squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 cup flour, all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice or 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 8x8-inch pan.
  2. Put first 8 ingredients into large pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, and simmer gently for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Mix baking soda and 2 teaspoons of water in a small bowl. Stir into raisin mixture.
  4. Let raisin mixture cool. I've placed the pot into cold water to speed this up.
  5. Mix together flour and baking powder. Stir into raisin mixture. Mix well.
  6. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until set.
  7. Let cool in pan on wire rack.
  8. In mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, and lemon juice (or almond extract) until smooth, adding more juice (or water) until spreading consistency.
  9. Spread over cooled raisin squares.

Notes/Hints:

  • If you want thinner and more squares (as shown in the picture), then use a 9x9-inch pan. This only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to bake. Cuts into 25 squares.

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These raisin squares are like little fruitcakes ... so good!

Gerhild's Raisin Squares made Just like Oma



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Gerhild's Raisin Squares made Just like Oma


These Raisin Squares, similar to Hermit Squares, bring a warm, spicy fragrance to the kitchen. Love it with 'marzipan' icing! So goood!


Ingredients: raisins, brown sugar, butter, spices, baking soda, all-purpose flour, baking powder, powdered sugar, lemon juice,

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