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Fruit Cookie Bars – A Tantalizing Blend of Cranberry and Raspberry

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If you want a cookie that isn’t too sweet, this recipe is for you. Fruit cookie bars has a semi sweet crust and topping with cranberry and raspberry filling. The filling is a little tart, but good. If you do not like it that tart, you can add a little sugar to the cranberry and raspberry jam mixture.

Make sure that the cookies cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars. Letting them cool and set well, really helps make this a very pretty bar cookie.

This is a new recipe for me. My family had mixed reviews on it, so I would really love your comments and suggestions at the bottom.

Fruit Cookie Bars Ingredients

10 oz jar seedless red or black raspberry jam

2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or thawed frozen cranberries

4 cups all-purpose flour – divided

1 1/3 cup powdered sugar – divided

1 teaspoon salt – divided

1 1/2 cups ( 3 sticks) cold butter – divided

2 eggs – separated

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

4 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13 inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. Combine jam and cranberries in a medium bowl; mix well and set aside.
  3. Combine 2 cups flour, 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Cut in 1 cup butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of prepared pan; brush with beaten egg white.
  4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden.
  5. Spread jam mixture over baked crust; set aside.
  6. Combine remaining 2 cups flour, 2/3 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Cut in remaining 1/2 cup butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  7. Stir in walnuts.
  8. Combine egg yolk and milk; mix well.
  9. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; mix until blended.
  10. Sprinkle evenly over filling.
  11. Bake 28 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden and filling is bubbly.
  12. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Combine jam and cranberries.

Combine, sugar, flour and salt. Cut in butter.

It should looke lumpy and all the sugar and flour mixed in with butter.

Press into prepared pan and bake.

Spread jam mixture on top of baked crust.

Make topping, sprinkle on top of jam mixture and bake.

Makes very nice looking bars when cooled.

Your Turn

Did you get to make these cookie bars? What did you think? My kids thought they were not sweet enough, but I thought they were good. Leave me your comments in the comment section below. I love hearing your suggestions on how to perfect a new recipe.

These bars hold up very well if you want to ship them to family or friends for the holidays.  Here are my tried and true tips on how to get them there in the best condition possible. Also, make sure that your kitchen has the best possible tools to get the job done.  Here is a list of those things that you need in your kitchen.

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