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Chewy Cranberry Pecan Bars Recipe

Chewy Cranberry Pecan Bars Recipe

I've been making these for several years as I really enjoy the combination of flavors and the relative ease of preparations. They're not only great for the holidays, but year round if you have cranberries in your freezer. —Virginia Anthony, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour and 2 tablespoons sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in 1/3 cup pecans. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until set.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the egg, egg whites, milk, orange peel, vanilla and remaining flour and sugar. Fold in the cranberries, coconut and remaining pecans. Spread over warm crust. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until top is golden. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 119 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.