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Fruit & Nut Bar Cookies - inspired by a favourite candy bar with dried fruits and nuts..

Fruit and Nut Bar Cookies

Fruit & Nut Bar Cookies - inspired by Cadbury's Fruit and Nut candy bar, this recipe combines favorite dried fruits like cranberries or golden raisins with a double chocolate chip cookie.
Course Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 18 large cookies
Author Barry C. Parsons

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped toasted almonds
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit golden raisins, dried cranberries or strawberries or a combination of your choice

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar well.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture and beat until well combined.
  3. Sift together the cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Mix well until a dough begins to form. Fold in the chocolate chips, chopped almonds and dried fruit.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Dough should be cold when it goes in the oven.
  6. Roll the dough into about 1 1/2 inch balls.
  7. Place about 3 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten the balls to about half their height with the bottom of a clean drinking glass.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 13-15 minutes.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for several minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Drizzle with chocolate or dip the cookies in the chocolate ganache if desired,
  11. let the dipped or drizzled cookies sit on a parchment lined baking sheet until the chocolate sets.
  12. Store in an airtight container. Freezes well too.
  13. To make Chocolate Ganache for drizzling or dipping just melt together the 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of whipping cream.