A long time ago, a medical librarian at a hospital where I worked gave me this recipe, whispering that these were the very best Christmas cookies in the world. Not being a fan of candied fruit, I avoided the recipe for years but finally took the plunge last night. And while Frosty Fruit Bars are not my favorite cookie, they are pretty good and just gorgeous to look at.
The first order of business is to get some high quality candied fruit, some raisins and chopped walnuts.
But if you take a sharp knife to the edges and trim, you can have truly handsome bars, like this. A bit of abstract art in the kitchen. (The trimmings are for the baker, and any "helpers" who might wander by.)
Recipe, below. I followed it exactly, but used all butter for the shortening and orange instead of pineapple juice. I also just dumped the fruit into the mixing bowl and let it rip, i.e., I did not use my hands to mix it in.