Fruitcake Bar Cookies

"Like mini-fruitcakes. Prep time includes cooling and frosting."
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins
2 dozen




  • 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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  1. 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!!
  2. lauralie41
    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.
  3. Dienia B.
    i liked the texture of the cake it reminded me of my fav,archway cookie this was an easy bar to make i added raisins also


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