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spicy topped fruit and walnut bars

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Julia Ferguson
Greenwood, IN

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.

(2 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For spicy topped fruit and walnut bars

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

How To Make spicy topped fruit and walnut bars

  • 1
    COOKIE 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.
  • 2
    Place 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.
  • 3
    COOKIE 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.