Subject: Rich's fruit bars
Date: 4/18/2019, 11:00 AM
On 4/17/2019 7:35 PM, Lauren wrote:
Dear Uncle Phaedrus,
I am searching for a recipe for Rich's Fruit Bars from Rich's Department Store in Atlanta, Georgia.
Back in the seventies I used to visit my sister who lived in Decatur, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.
Every visit she would get me some fruit bars from Rich's. They looked like chocolate chip cookies
(the dough did) except they had candied fruit pieces and chopped pecans, (I think they had pecans)
in them instead of chocolate chips. They were cut in square pieces, not round like cookies, and were
rather flat like cookies. Any ideas?
I have been on the constant lookout for Recipes from Rich's Bake Shop and Rich's Magnolia Room for twenty
years, with very limited success. I have found only a few Rich's recipes and copycats.
The Rich's recipes that I have been able to find are listed and linked here: Rich's Department Store
The last time that I looked for Rich's fruit bars was in 2013. See: 2-15-2013
I had no success then, and I had no success today. I suspect that the only way we are ever going to
obtain any more of Rich's recipes is if a former employee of Rich's bake shop or Rich's Magnolia Room
kitchen is able and willing to send them to me or to post them on the web. There may have been a
recipe manual for Rich's Bakeshop or Rich's Magnolia Room. If someone had one or both of those, and
would be willing to scan them and send them to me, it would be fantastic. There may be a copy of
that book in someone's attic somewhere.
I will post this for reader input.