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These chewy, sweet bars are a great alternative to fruitcake -- but they don't contain any alcohol, making them a kid-friendly holiday treat.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003
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You can substitute an equal amount of walnuts for the pecans. If you'd prefer another dried fruit, try using raisins. If you use a dark-colored baking pan to bake these bars, you need to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

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  • DaphneMarie0621
    24 DEC, 2014
    Very good! Looks, smells and tastes great. They're like a sophisticated blondie (w/o chocolate chips) as opposed to a fruit bar with date filling. There is also a natural and mild butterscotch flavor to them. I'd make them again and I'd follow the recipe exactly. I often alter recipes slightly, but I followed this one to a tee. I almost didn't toast the pecans, but thought better of it and I'm glad I did. All of the ingredients come together nicely.
  • Stoneski28
    16 DEC, 2012
    Had to repost. Tried this again. They came out wonderfully. Don't know what happened the first time I tried this recipe.
  • Stoneski28
    15 DEC, 2012
    I've made many, many of Martha's cookie recipes and loved every one, but there's something wrong with this one. It came out a gooey mess. I think the proportion of flour to sugar is off.

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