A good friend gave me this recipe about 50 years ago.
The title is interesting as this recipe was supposedly originated by using whatever was available in the cupboard.
There are few ingredients but the Bar resembles a spice raisin cake with frosting or glaze.
See if you like this recipe. My family really likes it….the Captain especially.
Printable recipe below.
Poor Boy Bars
A quick and easy Bar recipe.
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- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg ( I like to grate my own nutmeg ...it just tastes better)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- In a large sauce pan, simmer the butter, raisins and water for 5 minutes, Cool
- Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
- Add the nuts
- Poured into a greased 8 X 8 pan
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Glaze with a powder sugar frosting
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 teaspoon milk
- Mix the above and drizzle over the top of the Bars.
Adapted from Kari
Adapted from Kari
Me and My Captain https://meandmycaptain.com/
Brian Fisher says
Amazingly similar to an old family recipe used by my grandmother that was handed down to her from her father’s mother’s hand written notes minus 1/4 tsp all spice in the bar cookie and lemon juice in the icing. It’s such a wonderful recipe. A sure fire way to put a diet on hold and well worth it. Thanks for sharing Jennifer.
Brian Lee-Parks Fisher.
I’m glad you like the recipe…it is a really good recipe and quick and easy as well as delicious. As I said I have had this recipe for many many years.
Jennifer Velasquez says
My mother used to make po boys cookies , like a drop cookie.sometimes with out frosting.white, pillowy, cakelike.yum.i havent had them in at least 30 years.they had nutmeg on top.
Those cookies sound yummy Jennifer…and I have to admit I like the spicy taste of these bars. I could eat them all of someone was not watching. Your recipe sounds like a great variation…Yum. Thanks for stopping by.