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Candied Cherry Nut Bars

 Candied Cherry Nut Bars
Every year at Christmas, my mother and I would make dozens of cookies, including this favorite. Now all the women in my family get together for a baking bonanza, rotating houses each year. —Barbara Wilson, Thamesville, Ontario
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups salted mixed nuts
  • 1-1/2 cups halved green and red candied cherries
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine flour and 1/3 cup brown sugar; cut in butter
  • until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a lightly greased
  • 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or
  • until set.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg, salt and remaining brown sugar until
  • blended. Stir in the nuts, cherries and chocolate chips. Spoon
  • evenly over crust.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until topping is set. Cool on a wire
  • rack before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 145 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.