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Fruit Cake Bars

fruit cake bars
  • (2 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • (3/4 tsp.) baking soda
  • (1/4 tsp.) salt
  • (1 tsp.) ground cinnamon
  • (1 cup) butter, softened
  • (1 1/2 cups) packed dark brown sugar
  • (2 large) eggs
  • (1 tsp.) vanilla extract
  • (1 cup) walnuts, chopped
  • (1 cup) pitted dried dates, chopped
  • (1 cup) dried tart cherries
  • (1/2 cup) dried apricot halves, chopped
  • (1/2 cup) golden raisins
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting, optional

Fruit Cake Bars

Thick cookie bars loaded with chopped walnuts and four kinds of dried fruit.

Preparation Time
About 20 minutes
Cook Time
About 25 minutes


  1. 1In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside.
  2. 2In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to beat together butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Continue to beat on low while adding flour mixture, beat until combined.

  3. 3Stir in walnuts, dates, cherries, apricots and raisins.
  4. 4Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of foil on a standard jelly roll pan, leaving 2 inches excess on both sides. Spray with cooking spray.
  5. 5Transfer dough to prepared pan and press into an even layer (flour fingers if necessary). Bake 25-28 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack to cool.

  6. 6Cut into 48 bars and serve.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 bar

Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 145
  • Total Fat 6 g
  • Total Carbohydrate 23 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Cholesterol 24 mg
  • Sodium 70 mg
  • Fiber 1 g

Additional Information

Recipe Category: Dessert

Recipe Subcategory: Cookies and Brownies

Recipe Ethnicity: N/A

Dietetic Info:
  • Glycemic Index:
  • Gluten Free: No

Vegetarian/Allergen Info: Contains Eggs, Dairy, Peanuts

NOTE: Glycemic Index Scale: Low=0-55, Medium=56-69, High=70 or greater.