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Cherry Walnut Bars Recipe

Post holiday cheer with these nutty little fruit bars that travel extremely well. Since our cookie-loving son joined the Air Force, I've shipped them as far away as England and Italy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pat into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Drain cherries, reserving 2 tablespoons juice; set juice aside. Chop cherries; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in walnuts. Pour over crust and spread evenly. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and butter in a bowl. Add enough reserved cherry juice to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over bars. Sprinkle with coconut if desired. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 107 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 74 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.