This is one of my day 6 contributions to #CHOCTOBERFEST 2018 ~ a round-up of chocolate recipes from over 200 food bloggers, running from October 15 through today (the last day). There will be a giveaway worth over $400 from our sponsors (with a link on all of my recipes each day), so please click the giveaway widget to enter as many times as you want. There’s also a button link to the #Choctoberfest pinterest board, where you can all sorts of ideas for Fall and Halloween chocolate treats, and also the IMPERIAL SUGAR seasonal Halloween and Fall website.
Even though #Choctoberfest is ending today, I hope you'll continue to check out my blog and daily recipe page (and pinterest boards) and share my posts with your friends. Thanks for spending some time with me!
This recipe uses powdered sugar, and I did use IMPERIAL SUGAR which is sponsoring me for #CHOCTOBERFEST this year. IMPERIAL SUGAR has been making superior products for decades, and has always been my personal choice for sugar (especially dark brown sugar, which is the only brown I use whenever a recipe calls for brown sugar). There is a button link below to find more Autumn and Halloween recipes from Imperial Sugar.
Autumn CHOCOLATE CHIP Spiced FRUIT BARS
1 cup chopped pecans ………………………... 2 eggs
1 cup mini-morsel chocolate chips...…….. 3 TB melted butter
1 cup sifted IMPERIAL powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder………………………. 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp EACH salt AND cinnamon……………. 1 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp EACH nutmeg AND cloves...……… 1/4 cup candied orange or citron peel
1/2 cup golden raisins...………………………..2 tsp. fresh orange zest
1/4 cup chopped or halved candied cherries
Start with 3/4 cup powdered sugar, whisking in TRIPLE SEC (can substitute Grand Marnier or ORANGE JUICE) about 1 TB at a time, until smooth and semi-thick consistency. Adjust by adding more sugar/liquid until consistency is right. Spread over HOT bars for a shiny, clear glaze ~ It will be a white glaze or drizzle if you do it on cooled bars.
Preheat oven to 275. Spray an 8" square pan with non-stick baking spray (containing flour) and set aside.
Beat eggs until foamy. Gradually beat in the sifted sugar. Stir in melted butter. ~ Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the first mixture. Fold in the nuts and fruits. Spread the batter in prepared pan. Bake at 275° for about 45 to 55 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
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