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Shoofly Bars

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Ingredients
  All-purpose flour 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Granulated sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Shortening 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Snipped dates 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  All-purpose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Packed brown sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1 Dash
  Ground ginger 1 Dash
  Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Baking soda 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Molasses 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), beaten
  Egg 1 , beaten
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

MAKING
2. Combine 1 1/4 cups flour, granulated sugar and salt for making the crust.
3. Cut shortening into the size of peas and add to the flour mixture.
4. Add 1 tablespoon cold water on a portion of the mixture and mix gently with a fork. Push this moistened portion to one side of the bowl.
5. Repeat this step with 3 to 4 tablespoons water, until entire dough is moistened.
6. Then, make dough balls.
7. Roll the dough over lightly floured surface to form a 10-inch square. Fit the square in a baking pan, allowing dough to extend up the sides.
8. Fold pastry edges over so that the sides are 1 inch tall. Press the pastry gently against edges of pan. Sprinkle dates over pastry.
9. In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar and spices together for making crumb topping. Add butter and blend until the mixture appears like coarse crumbs.
10. In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of hot water with baking soda to prepare the filling. Then, add molasses and egg and pour over the crust. Top with crumb topping.
11. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until filling appears puffed and the pastry is golden.
12. Cool in pan on wire rack.

SERVING
13. Slice into bars or triangles and serve upon cooling.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Occasion: 
Halloween
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Wheat
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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