Fruit 'n' Nut Spice Bars Recipe
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Fruit 'n' Nut Spice Bars Recipe

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I'm always looking for new dessert recipes, and this one combines several of my favorite flavors.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 135 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, toss cherries with 1/4 cup flour; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and honey. Combine the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining flour; add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts, chocolate chips and reserved cherries.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth; drizzle over warm bars. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Fruit 'n' Nut Spice Bars in Country October/November 2003, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 135 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"The combination of flavors in this recipe rates hight in our household. I wouldn't change a thing."

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