Fruit Bars: Rolled Bar Cookies
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Fruit Bars are filled with homey spices, dates, and walnuts.
The chilled dough is rolled into logs and sliced into bars when still warm
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 15-18 minutes
Makes about 8-10 dozen sliced cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) chopped dates
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raw or coarse sugar
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and
cloves. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar together
until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating until the mixture
- In a small bowl combine dates with dissolved baking soda.
- On a low speed, blend date mixture into creamed butter
mixture. Gradually blend in dry ingredients to creamed mixture, adding a bit at
a time and mixing until smooth. Use a wooden spoon to stir in nuts.
- Cover bowl securely with plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator
until firm, 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
- Divide dough into 10-12 balls. On a lightly floured surface,
roll each ball into a long log, about 10 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.
Set two logs on a prepared baking sheet, about 5 inches apart. Lightly press
along the top of each log to flatten its upper surface. Sprinkle flattened log
surfaces with coarse sugar.
- Bake cookies for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Remove
baking sheets from the oven. Use a sharp knife to cut cookie logs diagonally
into ½ inch – ¾ inch bars. Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes on baking sheets
before using a spatula to remove them from the sheet to a cooling rack.
- Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight
A Special Tip from
If you prefer chewy Fruit Bars, bake for about 15 minutes.
If you like cookies to be crisper, bake up to 18 minutes.
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