Fruitcake Bars

Fruitcake Bars Recipe
Photo: Laurie Frankel

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 175
Caloriesfromfat 46 %
Fat 9 g
Satfat 4 g
Cholesterol 23 mg
Sodium 89 mg
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugars 14 g
Protein 2 g


1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup (4 ounces) candied or plain pecans
1 tablespoon rum


Make the cookie base recipe, adding the cranberries, pecans, and rum.

Spread the batter in a buttered or parchment-lined 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

To Make Now and Bake Later: When you mix a batch of cookies, double the recipe. Bake half the dough according to the recipe and divide the rest into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in plastic, then place in a resealable plastic bag. To save yourself time and hassle, label the bag with the flavor, the oven temperature, and the baking time, adding 3 to 6 minutes to the regular oven time. Freeze the dough for up to 3 months. To bake, slice the frozen dough into rounds about 1/2 inch thick, making as few or as many as you would like. Bake on a parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet.

Sara Quessenberry,

Real Simple

December 2006
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