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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Fruit Bars

Ocean Spray Craisins brand dried cranberriesImage via Wikipedia

One of the great things about this recipe is how easy and adaptable it is. Whether you are making this for the holidays, other any other event, there's lots of wiggle worm to add your own special touches to make it truly unique. This particular recipe looks perfect for Christmas and will make everyone happy!
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Makes 6 servings

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 egg large
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut

Heat oven to 375°

Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients. (flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg, and salt; set aside).

In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients, (oil, brown sugar, sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla) until well incorporated. Slowly mix in flour mixture until moistened. Stir in dried cranberries, raisins and nuts until well mixed. With lightly floured fingers, pat dough evenly in prepared pan.

Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Top bars with a mixture of shredded coconut, nuts and dried cranberries and raisins. Cut into bars while still somewhat warm with along knife.

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