Fruitcake Bars

Transform traditional fruitcake into smaller bars for finger food at your next gathering. The generous dose of rum (or brandy, if you prefer) will help put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Fruitcake Bars
Photo: Brie Passano
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
36 cookies


  • 4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 ⅓ cup butter

  • 4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 eggs

  • ¾ cup rum or brandy

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 3 cup coursely chopped pecans

  • 1 cup candied cherries, chopped

  • 1 cup golden raisins, chopped

  • ½ cup candied pineapple, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 4- to 5-qt. pot cook and stir brown sugar and butter over medium heat until melted and smooth. Cool 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Grease foil. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir eggs, rum, and vanilla into brown sugar mixture. Stir in flour mixture. Fold in remaining ingredients until combined. Spread in prepared pan.

  3. Bake 45 minutes or until evenly browned and set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using foil, lift out uncut bars. Cut into bars. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
14g Fat
46g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2.9mg 15%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 164mg 3%
Folate, total 30.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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