Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Cooky Book: Chocolate Fruit Bars

The Recipe: Chocolate Fruit Bars from Betty Crocker's The Cooky Book

The Substitutions: Butter for shortening.

The Verdict: I looked at this recipe and thought "Oh no, more old people food!" I mean, canned cherries AND raisins? Ick. But guess what? These things are a real treat.

I will say that these are not an everyday cookie -- they are super rich and really more of a dessert than a snack. But lordy, are they ever good. I'm quite partial to the cherry/almond/dark chocolate bar that Hershey makes and these taste almost exactly the same. The fact that there is almond extract in the batter is really what pushed these bars over the top. Way over the top. Make sure you have people to share this one with, because even though you'll want to eat the whole pan, you're not going to be able to.

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