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Orange Cranberry Bars

 Orange Cranberry Bars
“My sister, who's a great cook, passed this recipe on to me,” notes Nell Wheeler from Warrenton, Virginia. “These buttery bars are studded with cranberries, pecans and coconut. They're pretty enough for Christmas, but I make them all year.”
8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture
  • resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Press into an 8-in. x 4-in.
  • loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine the egg, milk, orange peel and
  • vanilla. Combine sugar and flour; gradually add to egg mixture and
  • mix well. Fold in the cranberries, coconut and pecans. Spread over
  • crust.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

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Orange Cranberry Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 8 bars.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 117 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 37 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.