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Brown Sugar Bar Cookies - inspired by Rich's
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This recipe is inspired by the Brown Sugar Bar Cookies that came from the Rich's Bakeshop, sent in to the AJC's Food Goddess column by reader Mary Yarbrough of Rome.
"Years ago, " Yarbrough wrote, "I tried to copy the Brown Sugar Bar Cookies from Rich's. Rather than dried fruit, I remembered them having candied fruit, like the kind used in fruitcakes. Rich's used pineapple, cherries and citron. Here's my base recipe. I added the orange zest, and I think that's what makes these so good."
Hands on time: 25 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Serves: 32 bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pound light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup candied or dried fruit
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and orange zest.
In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until about half-combined. Add the nuts and fruit and mix on low speed just until combined. Spread the mixture evenly in the jellyroll pan and bake for 25 minutes. Cut into bars.