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Old-Fashioned Fruit Bars recipe

These chewy bars are great for dunkinginto a hot mug of tea of coffee. Chock full of luscious fruitand nuts these treats have just a touch of brandy and vanillato enrich the flavor.

Recipe: Old-Fashioned FruitBars

1 cup hot water
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup dried fruit
2 tablespoons brandy
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon – divided use
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup nuts, chopped
1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • In a bowl combine hot water, raisins,dried fruits and brandy or orange juice; set aside to soak.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray or cover with parchmentpaper.
  • In another bowl with an electric mixeron medium speed, mix together the 3/4 cup sugar, brown sugar,butter, eggs and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Add flour,1 teaspoon cinnamon (reserve 1 teaspoon) and baking soda; mixwell.
  • Drain fruit thoroughly and add to batterwith chopped nuts.
  • Moisten your hands and form the doughinto two long rolls on the cookie sheet. Mix 1/4 cup sugar withremaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle topsof logs generously with mixture.
  • Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown.Cool 15 minutes then slice the logs into 1/2-inch wide bars.Return cookie sheet to oven and bake 5 additional minutes. Turnoff the heat and allow cookies to remain in the oven for severalhours.

    Makes 36 bars.

    Note: These bars must cool gradually inthe oven for 3 hours after baking.

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