Fruitcake Bar Cookies
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon rum extract or 1 teaspoon brandy extract
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 8 ounces pitted dates, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup candied fruit, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup candied red cherries, quartered
- 3⁄4 cup pecans or 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- candied cherry, for garnish (red and green)
- 1 1⁄2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (more if necessary)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch pan. (Or spray with nonfat cooking spray).
- In a small bowl, blend flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and eggs at medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in rum or brandy extract.
- 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.
- 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.
- When cake has cooled, frost, suing a spatula.
- 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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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!!
My grandma's fruitcake recipe was never written down so no one really knows what all went into it. There was a Polish bakery that had a cookie very similar to a fruitcake and this recipe brought back wonderful memories. I used rum extract, raisins, and maraschino cherries for the dried fruit.and also the garnish. Very addictive and very delicious! Mikekey thank you so much for great memories during a difficult time. Food always brings a family closer together! Made and reviewed for the Please Review My Recipe Tag Game.
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