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Frosted Cherry Nut Bars

 Frosted Cherry Nut Bars
Cherries, nuts and chocolate chips peek out of these bars, making them impossible for folks to stop at trying just one. With their pretty look, they're especially nice to have on hand during the holidays.
72 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed
  • mixture alternately with milk and mix well. Stir in nuts, cherries
  • and chocolate chips.

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Frosted Cherry Nut Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 325° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat
  • for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a large
  • bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Frost warm
  • bars. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.
  • Yield: about 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 85 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.