These entirely vintage bars are cake-y and light. Studded with candied cherries and citron, they taste a little elegant and a lot delicious. Smear the top with frosting for a decadent (and delicious) treat!
Noel Fruit Bars
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
¼ cup melted butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup candied cherries, chopped + ½ cup unchopped
½ cup candied citron, chopped
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl – set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla. Slowly add flour to stand mixer, mixing until just combined. With a wooden spoon, mix in fruits and nuts. Spread batter into a greased 9×9 pan and bake 30-35 minutes. Remove from pan and cut while still warm.
Let cool before dotting the top of each bar with frosting and a half of a candied cherry.
½ cup softened butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
Whip together butter and one cup of sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Continue adding sugar until frosting becomes light and fluffy.
Inspired by Better Homes and Garden’s Entertaining at Home 1969