Frosty Fruit Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Frosty Fruit Bars
Ingredients
  • 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
Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (I browned mine)
  • 1 tablespoon rum (or Jack D)
Instructions
  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.
Recipe by Cookie Madness at https://www.cookiemadness.net/2006/12/06/frosty-fruit-bars/