Fruitcake Bar Cookies

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Outta Here

Like mini-fruitcakes. Prep time includes cooling and frosting.

Top Review by CristyLyn

Great switch from traditional fruitcake! I'm known for always making (and giving) fruitcakes to family and friends during the holidays, but due to recent health issues, I don't have the arm strength necessary to stir the heavy batter. Found this and tried it - my usual "customers" are thrilled! Just like Mikekey stated - like mini-fruitcakes. The only thing I did different was add rum soaked raisins, and added rum flavor to the frosting. Thanks for the recipe - it'll be a regular for me!!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch pan. (Or spray with nonfat cooking spray).
  3. In a small bowl, blend flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and eggs at medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in rum or brandy extract.
  5. Stir in flour, dates, candied fruits, 1/2 cup cherries and nuts. Spread in prepared pan and bake 30 minutes until golden. Cool on wire rack, in pan.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the frosting by mixing together sugar and milk. Stir until smooth; then cover with a damp cloth until ready to use.
  7. When cake has cooled, frost, suing a spatula.
  8. Cut into 2 x 1-inch bars and decorate with red and green candied cherries. Store in a covered container, with pieces of wax paper between layers.

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