Pecan Rum Fruit Bars

Saturday, June 6, 2009
Grandma and mom always made this sheet pan of pecan fruit bars around the Christmas holidays and these bars are also perfect for gift giving.

Of course the rum is for adults only so if there are kids around, omit the rum!

These fruit bars definitely get better with age.

Easy to make and also very pretty to serve so don't be afraid to dress them up on a plate with whipped cream and a fresh fruits on the plate for the perfect holiday dessert!

Pecan Rum Fruit Bars

4 cups chopped pecans, divided

1 cup butter, softened

2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

2-1/4 cups red candied cherries

1-1/2 cups chopped candied pineapple

1/2 cup chopped candied citron

1/3 cup rum

Sprinkle 3 cups pecans over a parchment paper lined baking sheet around 15 inches x 10 inches in size, then set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and brown sugar for around 5 minutes.

Beat in the eggs, until well blended around 2 more minutes.

Stir in the vanilla then add the flour until all the flour is evenly blended in the creamy mixture.

Spread batter into prepared pan.

Spread fruit and pecans evenly over the batter and press down to sink in a little.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Drizzle the rum over the top and cool completely in the pan.

Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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