Macadamia Sunshine Bars
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
I made these a couple of years ago, everyone loved them. Then I could not find the recipe again. I am glad to find it again, will make them again. Four stars rather than five because they are expensive to make.
I am sure I would love these bars, they look and seem to be luscious. However, until I can price out the ingredients, I will not be making them. 2 jars of macadamia ad 2 jars of pistachios plus dried mango and pineapple seem to be quite expensive items for cookies. I am a senior of fixed income and need to watch what I spend. If I find I can afford them, I will definitely make and let you all know how they turned out
I made these bars today and I used just orange-pineapple juice which I'd bought in the supermarket. I used all juice in the glaze as well and 2 packages (5.0-oz.) macadamia nuts, which I chopped. I think this recipe is a keeper for me! NOTE: I ordered the Chinese spice powder, dried mangoes and dried pineapple from Amazon and the pistachios and macadamia nuts I'd gotten at my local supermarket. Volunteer Field Editor
These are delicious-moist and flavorful. I could not find orange-pineapple juice concentrate so used juice instead. I used all juice in place of water in the glaze. I did not put in any of the nuts, partly due to cost but primarily because most of my family is not big on nuts in baked goods. The bright citrus flavor is so good; everyone loved them! Would definitely make again. Volunteer Field Editor
I made this recipe today and it is delicious. There is a lot of preparation involved so I recommend doing some of the chopping, zesting, etc. earlier in the day. Once everything is ready, it goes together fast. I let it cool completely before cutting. I did not put glaze on it since we are not eating sugar and actually, they didn't need it. They were delicious as is. I had no trouble finding the ingredients and the only substitutions were for sugar free brown sugar and sugar free cake mix.Volunteer Field Editor
As a Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor, I am pleased to offer this review today. These bars are wonderfully chewy and crunchy all at the same time. To me, they tasted like a classy fruit cake. It took me longer than 20 minutes to prepare it so be aware of that when you go to make it! And some ingredients are hard to find. In my neck of the woods, I can't find frozen orange/pineapple juice so I had to get separate frozen juices and make the recipe that way.Don't be turned off by the Chinese five-spice powder! It's a great addition to the flavor of this recipe! And the cake mix base makes a tasty base to the tropical fruits. The toasted coconut added a nice little "zing" and the flavor from it was just enough.Although two dried fruits are in the recipe, as well as two kinds of nuts, they are hard to distinguish as far as flavor. Economically, this recipe is on the expensive side, too. I do believe that this recipe is very versatile and has a lot of potential as far as variation and versatility. All in all, I shared the results and received many compliments. The bars were well-received! I think they brought a little sunshine to whoever got to try them.