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Festive, sweet and salty Butterscotch Fruit Cake Bars are an old-fashioned dessert to add to your holiday dessert table. These layered bars are an easy recipe to bake.
There are endless desserts to enjoy at Christmas. Oreo balls, snowballs, sugar cookies and gingerbread to name a few! These chewy butterscotch fruit cake bars are a classic recipe straight from my mom’s recipe box.
We have several fruit cake recipes that we’ll be sharing with you over the next week or so. I’ll be honest that besides these bars, I really didn’t have fruit cake too much growing up. I wasn’t sure what to think when I tested some fruit cake recipes this fall. The cakes, I could totally pass up, but chewy fruit cake bars that were almost like a cookie? I LOVED them. It was a surprise to me!
The fruit in this fruit cake bar recipe is red and green candied cherries. So what are candied cherries? Well, they are real cherries, they are just very processed. If you take maraschino cherries and process them even further by putting them in a heavy syrup, you get candied cherries. They are colorful and fun to bake with!
Candied cherries have a shelf life at room temperature for 24 months in a cool dry place. If you picked up a package during after-Christmas sales last year, they are totally fine to use. It’s not recommended that you freeze candied fruit.
There are two steps to this recipe The cookie base and the candy topping. You’ll mix up the cookie base and press it in a 9×13 baking pan. Bake that part for 15 minutes.
While it is baking, mix up the batter part of the topping. Pour it over the baked crust, then mix together the fruit, nuts and butterscotch chips. Sprinkle these over the sugary filling and bake for another 15 minutes. The egg, sugar mixture will bake up around all of the toppings.
You’ll end up with this:
Allow the bars to cool completely before you cut them. Store the bars in an airtight container. They are ok at room temperature for about 48 hours, but we freeze them after that. The cookie bars freeze well! Just wrap them tightly and allow them to defrost completely in the packaging before opening them up.