Over a Cup: Fruit Cake Bars

Fruit Cake Bars

• 6 tablespoons margarine

• 1 cup coconut

• 2 cups candied fruit

• 1 cup raisins

• 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

• 1 cup chopped nuts

• 1/2 cup chopped dates

• 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Melt the margarine in a jelly roll pan. Spread the crumbs evenly over the margarine until completely covered.

In a bowl, mix the coconut, candied fruit, raisins, nuts and dates. Spoon over the crumbs.

Last, pour the condensed milk over everything. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

Last week’s “Over a Cup of Coffee” featured a recipe for “Holiday Fruit Bars”. I had not taken the time to try the recipe so I asked for feedback from anyone who baked the cookies.

Lois Stoffle, of Maybell, tried the recipe. She reported that the cookies were moist and tasty and that they are a good substitute for fruit cake.

Lois added a little nutmeg and a little ginger to the ingredients. Thanks, Lois!

Then today Marilyn Riedman called from Williamette Valley, Ore. She also baked the cookies.

Marilyn said the batter wouldn’t come off the spoon so she made it into balls. She said the cookies took 25 minutes to bake (longer than called for in the recipe). They did not flatten out and were not moist.

I appreciated your call, Marilyn. (She also told me about vanilla beans—information that I will share in another column.)

I don’t know why the cookies turned out so differently. I have been tied up with the extra chores involved with the blizzard so I haven’t had time to bake anything, but when things settle down, I’ll try the cookies recipe, too.

It was great to talk with Lois and Marilyn!

Did you bake the cookies? If so, call me!

This week I have another fruit cake recipe for you, I haven’t tried this one, either, but I’ll put it on the to-do list and let you know more later.

To make “Fruit Cake Bars”, you will need these ingredients: 6 tablespoons margarine, 1 cup coconut, 2 cups candied fruit, 1 cup raisins, 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup chopped dates, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.

Melt the margarine in a jellyroll pan. Then spread the crumbs evenly over the margarine until it’s completely covered.

Next, mix the coconut, nuts, candied fruit, dates, and raisins in a bowl. Spoon the mixture over the crumbs.

Last, pour the condensed milk over everything. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

I found this recipe in my “to-try” file. I wondered how the condensed milk would bake. If you have a similar recipe or try this one, let me know how the bars turned out.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share or feedback about a featured recipe, call me at 824-8809 or write to me at Box 415, Craig 81626.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Copyright Diane Prather, 2012

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