Fruitcake Bars Recipe
Change the reputation of fruitcake with these delicious cookie-like dessert bars.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Easy

  • Nutrition Highlights: These bars contain cinnamon, which contains as much antioxidants in 1 teaspoon as 1/2 cup of blueberries.

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  • Recipe From: Tennessee Home & Farm


  • ¾ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons candied cherries, chopped


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¾ cup white baking chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons each dried apricots, dried cranberries, candied cherries and walnuts or pecans, chopped

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir melted butter into brown sugar. Pour into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat in eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Stir in dried fruits (batter will be thick).
  5. Spread batter into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. For frosting, in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined. Gradually add half of the melted white chocolate; beat until blended. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with fruits and nuts. Drizzle with remaining white chocolate. Let the frosting set, then cut into square- or triangle-shaped bars. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Tips & Notes

To speed up the setting of the frosting, stick the bars in the refrigerator.


  1. These are amazing! Sampled these at our Church’s Christmas Party last night and (thankfully!) found the lady who brought them. She happily directed me to the recipe source. These are destined to become a family classic!

  2. Happy to hear, Anita – glad you enjoyed them, and hope you have fun making them! Thanks for your comment!

    Happy holidays,
    Jessy Yancey
    Farm Flavor

  3. Yes, these should freeze well! But you might want to freeze them without the frosting and put it on after defrosting.


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