Maple Blondies

         Yield: 30 Servings
Categories: Brownies

2 c All-purpose flour; unsifted 3/4 ts Baking powder 1/4 ts Baking soda 3/4 ts Salt 3/4 ts Ground cinnamon 1/2 ts Nutmeg; freshly grated 1/2 ts Ground allspice 1/2 c Golden raisins 12 tb Unsalted butter; melted & -cooled 4 tb Shortening; melted & cooled 1 c Light brown sugar, packed 1/4 c Sugar 3 Eggs; extra large 1/4 c Maple syrup; pure 1 ts Vanilla extract 1 1/4 c Pecans; chopped Recipe by: Brownies & Blondies, Lisa Yockelson Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter and flour a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Thoroughly mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a bowl. Toss the raisins with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture. Whisk the butter, shortening, brown sugar, sugar and eggs in a bowl; beat in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to form a batter. Stir in the pecans and raisins. Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until just set and golden on top. Cool completely in the pan on a rack. Cut into bars. Remove from pan with a metal spatula; store in an airtight tin Recipe by matejka@bga.com