Nutmeg Squares

  • Yield 12 servings

Nutmeg squares make a delicate brunch or dessert bar.


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 -- egg, beaten
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup raisins (about)


  1. Cream sugar and shortening.  Beat in egg.  Add flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.  Stir in buttermilk, dissolved baking soda and vanilla.   Spread in buttered 8 1/2×13 1/2-inch pan.  Sprinkle liberally with sugar and raisins.  Bake 20 minutes at 400F until golden brown.  Do not overbake.  Cut into bars.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Chicago’s Soupcon II (Chicago, Illinois, 1982).




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