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Candied Cherry Nut Bars

Every year at Christmas, my mother and I would make dozens of cookies, including this favorite. Now all the women in my family get together for a baking bonanza, rotating houses each year. —Barbara Wilson, Thamesville, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups salted mixed nuts
  • 1-1/2 cups halved green and red candied cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a small 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 15-17 minutes or until set.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg, salt and remaining brown sugar until blended. Stir in the nuts, cherries and chocolate chips. Spoon evenly over crust.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until topping is set. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 145 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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