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Pineapple Almond Bars

 Pineapple Almond Bars
From Cynthiana, Kentucky, Janice Smith shares the recipe for these yummy bar cookies. Oats and almonds are a crunchy complement to the sweet pineapple filling.
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons reduced-fat butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 cup pineapple preserves

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine the flour, oats and brown sugar; cover
  • and process until blended. Add butter and extract; cover and pulse
  • until crumbly. Remove 1/2 cup crumb mixture to a bowl; stir in
  • sliced almonds.
  • Press remaining crumb mixture into a 9-in. square baking pan coated
  • with cooking spray. Spread preserves over crust. Sprinkle with
  • reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until
  • golden. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: One bar equals 166 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat.