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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


  • 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


  • 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 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 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 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.