Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Chunky, moist, sweet and spicy, these ginger bars are awesome accompanied with a warm cup of tea for a winner of a cozy combination ☕️ 🍪.

About the recipe

These delicious spicy ginger bars have golden raisins, candied ginger, molasses, warming spices, and dark rum – doesn’t all this make your mouth water 😋?   Spicy Ginger Bars from my favorite celebrity chef Ina Garten came to mind this week as its been cold and rainy and there is something about cold wintery days that makes me crave warming spices like nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. This is an awesome sweet treat to make when the weather gets cold and all you want is something sweet with a warm cup of tea. The best part is these bars are easy to make and taste great too!

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Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars:
recipe from Ina Garten Spicy Hermit Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup minced crystallized ginger (not in syrup)
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • Dark rum, such as Mount Gay
  • Grated lemon zest

Directions:

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the egg, scrape down the bowl, then mix in the molasses
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing just until combined. Mix in the raisins and crystallized ginger. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a very lightly floured board, form it into a disk with lightly floured hands, and cut it in half. Roll each half into a log 12 inches long and place them 3 inches apart on the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes; the logs will still be soft in the center.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the confectioners’ sugar with 5 to 6 teaspoons rum to make a pourable glaze. While the logs are still warm, drizzle the glaze back and forth across the logs with a teaspoon and sprinkle them with the lemon zest. Allow to cool. Cut each log crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-wide bars.

Spicy Hermit Bars by Ina Garten.

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