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Whole Wheat Spice Bars with Maple-Cream Icing

Yield: 32 bars
Prep 20 mins Bake 375°F 20 mins
Whole Wheat Spice Bars with Maple-Cream Icing
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/3  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  molasses
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  whole wheat flour
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined.

2. Add molasses, the water, and eggs; beat until well mixed. Beat in all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.

3. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

4. While bars are cooling, prepare Maple-Cream Icing. Spoon icing over uncut bars; spread evenly. Let stand until set. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.

Maple-Cream Icing
Ingredients
  • 1/3  cup  dairy sour cream
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/2  teaspoon  maple flavoring
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
Directions

1. In a medium bowl, stir together dairy sour cream, vanilla, and maple flavoring. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.

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