Drunken Holiday Fruit Bars

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Drunken Holiday Fruit Bars



It wouldn’t be holidays in my house without some kind of dried fruit soak in a liqueur and combined with desserts……blame in on my European up-bringing….if you must.

This year holidays won’t be any different ….why should they? If ain’t broke why fix it…..right?


This year my “liqueur” of choice is ORANGE liqueur……and my “drunken” fruit of choice is mixture of raisins, cranberries and apricots……here come….DRUNKEN HOLIDAY FRUIT BARS.


Don’t worry you can indulge in Drunken Holiday Fruit Bars and still drive…… They won’t give you a buzz (unlike my Deadly Rum balls)….. and they are safe for children to eat especially if you use the quick boiling method where most of the alcohol evaporates.








  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Butter (room temperature & unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup Raisins
  • 3/4 cup Cranberries (dried)
  • 1/2 cup Apricots (dried & chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Orange Liqueur (Grand Marnier, Triple Sec…)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Pecans (chopped)
  • Icing Sugar

STEP 1: Soak raisins, cranberries and apricots in the liqueur overnight or if you don’t have time put all dried fruit and orange liqueur into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let stand for 20 minutes and drain.

STEP 2: Preheat oven to 350F.

STEP 3: In a large bowl mix together flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter till you have well combined and crumbly mixture. Press the crust mixture into the 9 x 13″ pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden.

STEP 4: Meanwhile get the filling ready by beating eggs with brown sugar till light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Gradually mix in flour. When mixed well fold in the pecans and cooled fruit.

STEP 5: Pour the filling over baked crust and bake for another 35 minutes.

STEP 6: Cover the pan with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.

STEP 7: Sprinkle with icing sugar. Let it completely cool down and cut into bite size bars.



Drunken Holiday Fruit Bars



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21 Responses to “Drunken Holiday Fruit Bars”

  1. Those Fruit Bars looks good, can you send me some lol, just joking, but they look tasty
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  2. 11hauz says:

    What!!!!! This is AWESOME!!! definitely trying this soon! Thanks for the recipe and tips :-)

  3. Mary says:

    You had me at drunken, LOL. These look fantastic, I can’t wait to try this recipe!
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  4. My father would love this!

  5. Kim miller says:

    Now there’s a fruitcake type dessert I really could get into! Sounds fantastic!
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  6. JEnn says:

    LOL! It looks like a great recipe! one many people in my family would enjoy! I wonder if I can convert it to a Gluten free recipe for me?? Even if it doesn’t give you a buzz it will make u think you are! lol
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  7. Ok, these really, really look delicious. I made rum balls years and years ago but these look way better!
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  8. This looks yummy.. can’t wait to try this recipe.. Love apricot bars!!!!

  9. Jess C says:

    My two favourite things! Alcohol and sweets! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this recipe ;)

  10. Oh this just looks amazing! I think I’m going to have to try these for sure!
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  11. Temmy says:

    Funny I just got instantly hungry when I saw this! I’ll definitely be having this tomorrow!
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  12. I can just imagine the holiday parties with these babies!

  13. Love drunken holiday fruit bars, will try this recipe for sure as we have some orange liquor that I have been wondering what to use for.

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