Holiday Fruit Bars

Bars and Squares
Christmas Cookies

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped candied fruit
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Beat eggs until thick and lemon colored in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add 1 cup sugar and butter; beat well.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

Spread pecans and fruit on a sheet of waxed paper; sift 1/2 cup flour mixture over top. Turn to coat well. Add remaining flour mixture to egg mixture, beating well. Stir in coated pecans and fruit. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 325° fir 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into 2 x 1 inch bars, and remove to wire racks.

Combine 1 cup powdered sugar and water in a small mixing bowl; beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Spread a thin layer over warm bars, and cool completely.

Yield: about 3 dozen.


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