It's National Molasses Bar Day...
Wait..What?! Molasses Bar Day?! What is a Molasses Bar? I have never heard of this confection, and yet there is a National Food Day devoted to it. Go figure.
Well, after some research I found out that a Molasses Bar is kind of a cross between a cookie and brownie, sweetened with - you guessed it - Molasses. Actually, this sounds pretty good.
Let's dive in. First, what is Molasses?
Molasses is a by-product of the sugar refining process. We mostly use sugarcane her in the USA for our sugar.
Most of what we use for baking is the second molasses, which we just call Molasses. While not as sweet as sugar, molasses has a concentrated amount of minerals which lead to some claims of health benefits.
Oh...and you can make rum from molasses. :-)
But I digress. We are here to celebrate Molasses Bar Day so let's get on with it. Here is a recipe for Molasses Bars which you can try. Enjoy. They do look yummy.
- ¾ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 T. molasses
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ginger
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- 2¼ cups flour
- 6 oz. chocolate chips
- 6 oz. cinnamon chips
- Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and molasses and mix well.
- Add salt, soda, baking powder, and spices and mix well.
- Add flour and mix until just combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips and cinnamon chips.
- Pour into a foil-lined 8x8 pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool, then cut into squares.
If you are using regular brown sugar instead of dark brown, you might consider using a little more molasses than what is called for.