Spicy Topped Fruit and Walnut Bars

Julia Ferguson

By
@judyjellybean

I recieved this recipe from my Jr. High Home Ec. Teacher many years ago. It has always been one of my favorite recipes for Christmas cookies and I still make them every Christmas.
If you like fruit cake you will love these fruit bars.

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
Makes abt 48 bars
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

cookie base:
1/2 c
butter, softened
1 c
brown sugar, packed
1
egg yolk
1 tsp
vanilla
1 3/4 c
flour, sifted
1/4 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
salt
cookie topping:
1
egg white
2 Tbsp
sugar
1/4 tsp
nutmeg
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
1/2 tsp
cinnamon
1/2 c
diced, mixed candied fruit
1 c
coarsely chopped walnuts

Step-By-Step

1COOKIE BASE: In mixing bowl cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt and soda. Gradually add to butter mixture, blending well.
2Place dough on ungreased 15 1/2 x 12 inch cookie sheet. Cover dough with waxed paper and roll into 10 x 12 inch rectangle (abt. 3/8 inch thick). Remove waxed paper and set cookie sheet aside.
3COOKIE TOPPING: In another bowl, add egg white, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, candied fruit and walnuts; blend well. Spread topping evenly over cookie dough. Bake at 350 degrees F. about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet. Cut into 1 x 2 inch bars. Makes about 48.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy