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grandma's fruit bars

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Jean Fisher
OFallon, IL

This is a fairly quick pan cookie to make. I can remember Mother making these fairly often. Yummy!!

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The aroma is almost Christmas-like because of the cinnamon and cloves. The bars are sweet and spicy and the topping of a light confectioners icing is a nice touch. I think this would also be delicious served with whipped cream. I would take this to a potluck or even a bake sale!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves Makes 32-48 bars
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For grandma's fruit bars

  • 2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 c
    shortening, butter flavor
  • 3 c
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    walnut pieces
  • 2 lg
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda

How To Make grandma's fruit bars

  • 1
    Add baking soda to hot coffee. Set aside. Using a regular size cookie sheet, spray with Pam baking spray.
  • 2
    Cream sugar, shortening and eggs.
  • 3
    Add dry and liquid ingredients alternately.
  • 4
    Add raisins. You can substitute dates or candied fruit. Add nuts and blend well.
  • 5
    Bake at 350 degrees. Check with toothpick inserted in center. Cool completely. Frost when cool with confectioners frosting.
  • 6
    Optional - Cut up walnuts and sprinkle on top of frosting.

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