1/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly-packed
1/2 cup strong, good-quality hot coffee
1-1/2 cups all-purpose
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (use golden raisins for a milder flavor)
1/2 cup almonds or hazelnuts, chopped
Ingredients for frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together shortening
and brown sugar. Stir in coffee. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into
sugar mixture. Blend in raisins and nuts.
Spread into prepared pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20
minutes. Cut into bars.
Blend together powdered sugar and salt. Mix in vanilla and milk.
Spread frosting over cooled bars.
12 to 15 Servings