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More The Merrier Orange, Fig & Walnut Bars

Orange, fig and walnuts make a bar that’s uniquely different and delicious. Think you can eat just one? —Judy Dalton, Danville, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package orange cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) fig preserves
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, preserves, oil and egg; beat on low speed until blended. Stir in walnuts. (Batter will be thick.) Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 152 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • KristineChayes
    Jul 14, 2019

    I made these bars this afternoon. I substituted orange marmalade fruit spread for the fig preserves because my family doesn’t eat figs. The bars were very tender and delicious, with a nice orange flavor. I will be making these for my parish bake sale. Definitely 5 stars!

  • delowenstein
    Jun 1, 2013

    I prepared these bars LAST year, substituting a strawberry cake mix for the orange cake mix and using strawberry jam in place or the fig preserves. I found that I had to bake these bars for at least 45 minutes to really test done! I omitted the walnuts and used 2 cups of flavored chips-can use semi-sweet chocolate chips or 1 cup chocolate & 1 cup classic white chips. Or use 1 cup flaked coconut & 1 cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips for a chewy bar! I used a regular 13x9x2" greased and floured baking pan instead of the baking dish. These bars went to my great-nieces'birthday party this past year and were a hit with everyone! I definitely will use this recipe, but instead of using fig preserves, I'd probably use orange marmalade! I admit that I like to tweak recipes I've used from Taste of Home and its companion magazines to suit my tastes! For me, that works! Dawn E. Lowenstein

  • katieleigh3508
    Mar 14, 2013

    I was completely intrigued by the recipe. That flavors compliment each other beautifully. I am proud to be taking such a refreshingly different and delicious dessert to my ladies' progressive dinner tonight.

  • watsonl1
    Mar 6, 2013

    I was checking magazines before cleaning them out and came across this recipe. Boy am I glad I did. Don't be put off by the unusual ingredients combination because the final product is phenomenal. The orange flavor comes through but is tapered by the figs. Also, the walnuts are a great touch. My husband said this might be his new favorite dessert...at least until the next Taste of Home recipe is tried. The easiness of this recipe is another major bonus.

  • yellowbear
    Oct 28, 2012

    This may be the easiest recipe I have ever tried, and the results were fantastic. I hesitated over the odd-sounding combination of flavors, but these bars are delicious. I thought the nuts might prove to be too many, but they are the perfect quantity. I could only find a 13-oz jar of fig preserves, and I probably should have just used the whole thing, but I tried to use just 10 oz. All the nuts and the specialty jelly make this a bit on the expensive side if you are on a budget, but otherwise I cannot say enough good things about this recipe. I ran short on walnuts, so supplemented the difference with pecans. These freeze well, too, wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil, and then in a zip-lock bag.

  • bobandval
    Oct 8, 2012

    I made this recipe, but used some fig preserves and also used orange marmalade.I used more walnuts than suggested, and next time might add chocolate chips...my husband did/does not like orange cake and he absolutely loved the bars... yummy

  • Elaine1955
    Aug 20, 2012

    My mother-in law made these a couple weeks ago and I just loved them...so did the rest of the family,too. I also just made them. They were yummy. I used the whole jar(13 oz) of the Bonne Maman fig preserves. Any large pieces in the preserves I just cut into smaller pieces. Instead of 2 cups walnuts, 1 3/4 cup came in the bag and this is all I used. It is a very easy recipe and great tasting,too!

  • Amy the Midwife
    Aug 2, 2012

    Good, if you don't mind the artificial orange taste from the cake mix.