Festive Fruitcake Bars

Fruitcake bars deliver the same great flavors of fruitcake with much less time and work.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 24

Bars

1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
egg
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2 1/2
cups candied cherries
1
package (8 ounces) pitted dates, cut in half
1
cup coarsely chopped pecans or filberts

Orange Glaze

1/3
cup granulated sugar
2
tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. In large bowl, mix 1 cup flour, the brown sugar, butter, orange peel, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and egg with spoon.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix 1/4 cup flour, the cherries, dates and pecans; stir into brown sugar mixture. Spread in pan.
  • 3 Bake about 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In 1-quart saucepan, heat all Orange Glaze ingredients over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens slightly. Drizzle cooled bars with glaze. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 3 rows.

Expert Tips

Line the baking pan with foil to make cleanup and cutting bars easy.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 1/2 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.