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Frosted Cherry Nut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

about 6 dozen

Cherries, nuts and chocolate chips peek out of these bars, making them impossible for folks to stop at trying just one. With their pretty look, they're especially nice to have on hand during the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and mix well. Stir in nuts, cherries and chocolate chips.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a large
  4. bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Frost warm bars. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 85 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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