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Hermit Bars

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes plus cooling
Makes: 32 bars

Schnucks nonstick cooking spray
2 cups Schnucks all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Schnucks baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed Schnucks dark brown sugar
1/2 cup Schnucks unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 Schnucks large egg
1/3 cup mild (original) molasses
1 cup Schnucks dark raisins
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil so that foil extends about 1 inch over short sides of pan; lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In medium bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and butter 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture and beat just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Add raisins and pecans, if using, and stir just until combined.

3. With lightly floured hands, press dough evenly into prepared pan. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Using foil, lift bar in 1 piece and place on large cutting board. Cut lengthwise into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 8 bars. Store hermit bars in airtight container.

Each bar: about 130 calories, 5 g total fat (2 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein