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Jewel Nut Bars

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: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour and 1/3 cup brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a lightly greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg and salt; stir in remaining brown sugar. Stir in nuts, cherries and chocolate chips. Spoon evenly over crust.
  • Bake until topping is set, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
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  • pslohr
    Nov 2, 2013

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

  • janalamar
    Dec 20, 2012

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

  • soldmystore
    Nov 18, 2012

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

  • soldmystore
    Nov 18, 2012

    Make these every Christmas.... love them!

  • Jiza316
    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.

  • Hertha
    Dec 1, 2009

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