Frosty Fruit Bars

Fruitcake in cookie form! My picture is not the greatest, but this is actually a great holiday recipe.

Frosty Fruit Bars

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Frosty Fruit Bars
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Frosty Fruit Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 40
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (11.2 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins (or cranberries)
  • 1 cup mixed candied fruit
  • ½ cup chopped, toasted nuts
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (I browned mine)
  • 1 tablespoon rum (or Jack D)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment or grease. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar; add egg, orange zest, and juice. Mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to creamed ingredients. Stir in raisins, candied fruit and nuts. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a strip roughly 7x12 (mine was more like 5x12) and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly, then frost with glaze while warm. Cut into strips.
  2. Glaze: Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. If you decide to brown the butter, your will need to add a little extra booze or a little water to get the right consistency. I did this in a saucepan. I doubled it. Not sure it was necessary, but I prefer having too much than too little glaze.
  3. Makes about 40, once you've eaten away the scraps.

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  1. Melissa says

    Anna, I’m wondering if you have ever used a cookie press, and if so, what kind of cookie recipe you’ve used with them? I’ve had a cookie press for about 8 years that I recently dug out of a box and I’m dying to try it. Any tips would be appreciated!


  2. Therese says


    YOU ROCK! Did you know that I am an avid Jack Daniels fan!! NO LIE!
    An ice cold beer and 1 shot of J.D. That is my flu shot!!
    You bet I will be trying this one out.
    Keep those recipes coming!

  3. Anna says

    Therese, you rock too. I wish you were going to be at this party tonight. It would rock.

    tg, you rock too.

    Hey, you all ROCK. Cookies rock.

    It’s funny how everything rocks these days. A friend of mine is trying to replace the expression “rock” with Bueno!….as in you are BUENO! or that is BUENO! I hope it catches on.

    I’m glad you all like the recipe, because I ate too many of these (the trimmings, you know) and am walking around with a big trans-fat stomachache. Wait, I used trans-fat shortening, so it must just be fat stomachache. Oh well, party tonight means the day will end with stomachache so why not start early, right?

  4. JeAnne says

    Hey Anna;

    These look really good..good enough that I may have to change my mind *again* about my cookie tray.

    I finally got around to the pecan pie chocolate chip cookies after turkey day. OH MY…so good. I had leftover chocolate bourbon pecan pie and used that and it was quite sinful.


  5. carole says

    Here is a tip for those making spritz (cookie press) cookies for the holidays.

    Put your cookie sheets in the freezer for 15 minutes before pressing. Remember, most spritz cookies have a high butter content. The cold cookie sheet will grab the warm dough better than a room temperature baking sheet.

  6. says

    i’m totally down w/ replacing rock w/ bueno. i’ve even tried to spontaneously say bueno a couple of times myself. the only thing is, i always feel like i’m hawking taco bueno. cuz they do that (cute) little bueno. but back to your original quest of replacing rock, yes, thumbs up to that

  7. Michaela says

    Anna, I’ve been a longtime fan of your blog, and am delurking for my first comment. These cookies rock!

    BTW, the recipe mentioned adding both the zest and juice. How much juice should we be adding? Am thinking of adding this to my Christmas bake list.

    I just love your awesome blog.

  8. Carol Massie says

    My mother started making these cookies for Christmas in 1955; I was 8 years old then. 60 years later, I still make these for Christmas. They are my favorite cookie of all time.

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