Fruit Bars


Fruit Bars

Fruit Bars
20 bars
50 Min

Here's an old-time favorite that tastes like it came right out of Grandma's kitchen. These Fruit Bars are loaded with lots of yummies, like bright red cherries, crunchy nuts, and chewy dates.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup candied cherries

What to Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs.

  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. Remove 1/2 cup of the flour mixture and combine it with the nuts, dates, and cherries; set aside. Slowly blend the remaining flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing well. Stir in the fruit mixture.

  5. Pour the batter into a greased 8-inch square baking pan and bake for 45 minutes. Cool, then cut into bars.

    Makes about 20 bars.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 20

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 179
  • Calories from Fat 80
  • Total Fat 8.9g 14 %
  • Saturated Fat 3.5g 17 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 2.1g 4 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 31mg 10 %
  • Sodium 105mg 4 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 24g 8 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5 %
  • Sugars 18g 0 %

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I think I would substitute different dried fruits for the dates and cherries and definitely add some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger

This recipe has a very similar flavor to a traditional fruitcake, without all of the wait time. It isn't quite as healthy as a granola type bar, but it would be great to set out on a dessert platter around the holidays. Since they are rather dense, they freeze well, and can be taken out on an as needed basis. Don't have candied cherries? Raisins or even sweetened dried cranberries would work just fine.

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