Old Fashioned Raisin Bars - The Southern Lady Cooks

These Old Fashioned Raisin Bars are easy to make and a wonderful treat. Think of a delicious spice cake with raisins and a maple glaze. The topping is what takes these raisin bars up a notch!

Old Fashioned Raisin Bars with Maple Glaze

You know we love our old fashioned recipes and this one is a winner. The recipe we found didn’t have the glaze, this was our addition and we all agreed… the glaze is great. It really does bring out a wonderful taste with the spices and the raisins. This recipe is made with simple ingredients too.

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Ground Cloves
  • Raisins
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg
  • Pecans or Walnuts

So many great spices in this and then you add the raisins and this is so good. We always soak the raisins so they are plump and the texture is perfect. Many people don’t like raisins but I have found that if you plump them up and add them to baked goods, many people enjoy them.

Why you will love these bars? 

One of the many great things about these bars… no mixer needed! So you won’t be having to wash the mixer, all you need is a spoon and you are set! We love simple recipes that don’t involved a lot of clean up and this is one of those. A lot of the old fashioned recipes you make without a mixer, like this delicious Do Nothing Cake. It’s so simple and has wonderful reviews.

These bars are made in an 9×13 baking pan and perfect to take to any gathering! If you want to make a smaller but similar recipe, you can try this Old Fashioned Raisin Cake. It’s made in a loaf pan and it’s great too.

Old Fashioned Raisin Bars - The Southern Lady Cooks

Old Fashioned Raisin Bars - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Old Fashioned Raisin Bars

Judy Yeager
This old fashioned recipe for raisin bars is one of our favorites with a maple glaze!
3.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts pecans or walnuts

Topping for Raisin Bars:

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract can use vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups confectionery sugar
  • Enough milk to make spreadable or to make think enough to drizzle over raisin bars.


  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, allspice and cloves in a bowl.
  • Add raisins to 1 cup of water and heat to boiling on top of the stove. Remove and stir in butter and sugar till melted. (Can put back on stove on warm if you needed to melt butter and sugar)
  • Stir into flour mixture with a spoon. Add the egg and continue stirring until all ingredients are mixed. Make sure the flour mixture is not hot when you stir in the egg.
  • Fold in the nuts or you can sprinkle on top once in baking pan.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread mixture in pan.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let cool. Add topping below.

Instructions for Topping:

  • Combine ingredients, mix well with spoon. Drizzle or spread over bars.


Makes 18 to 20 bars depending on size you cut them.
Keyword Old Fashioned Raisin Bars
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