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Jewel Nut Bars Recipe

Jewel Nut Bars Recipe

These colorful bars, with the eye-catching appeal of candied cherries and the crunchy goodness of mixed nuts, are certain to become a holiday favorite year after year. I get lots of compliments on the rich, chewy crust and the combination of sweet and salty flavors.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 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 mixed nuts
  • 1-1/2 cups green and red candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. In a 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 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat egg. Add salt and remaining brown sugar. Stir in the nuts, cherries and chocolate chips.
  • 3. Spoon evenly over crust. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 145 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein

Reviews for Jewel Nut Bars

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"These are fantastic! I omit the cherries and use dark chocolate chips instead."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I made those bars tonight... They taste amazing and they even looked better than the the picture on the site"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"I make these every Chritmas, love them! Easy too!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"Make these every Christmas.... love them!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for year. It's so delicious & a perfect combination of sweet & salty. It also looks fantastic."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"No Christmas cookie platter is complete without these tasty treats. Sometimes we even leave some for the kids, not often though."

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