I am not a chef. I am not a baker. I cook out of necessity for my family. However, once in a while, the baking bug strikes and I feel like dancing around the kitchen making something great for friends and family. I actually had to go to an event last night and thought it would be fun to whip up my grandma’s yummy spice bars!
As the title says, this is not the recipe for you if you are on a diet, as you will soon learn. However, if you swap out an extra 20 sit ups or five more minute at the gym, it would be worth it! I was raised on these bars. We had them every year during the fall months. I love them because there is not any “stuff” inside. I do not like nuts, or raisins or chunks of anything in my baked goods. I go for the smooth and simple. That is why these work for me! The fun thing about these is the secret little ingredient. Want to know what it is?
Your eyes are not deceiving you! It is in fact, baby food! It may sound nuts, but the texture of the carrots really pulls the recipe together. Once you make them, you’ll want to make them time and time again!
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Grandma’s Homemade Spice Bars Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 24
- Category: Dessert
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of oil*
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 3 small jars of carrot baby food
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinammon
*substiute 1 cup of the oil for 3/4 to 1 cup of unsweetened natural applesauce
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix all items in the order given until smooth.
- Pour into a greased 11 x 17 jelly roll pan
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes (or until the sides leave the side of the pan and your knife comes out clean).
- Allow to completely cool before frosting.
***Tip: Freeze the bars before you try to frost and you will have a nice firm surface and will be less likely to tear the bars.