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Raspberry Nut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

Raspberry jam adds sweetness to these pretty bars from Beth Ask of Ulster, Pennsylvania. She revised the original recipe to reduce fat and calories. The end result is a treat so delicious you'll never know it's good for you. — Beth Ask

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup stick margarine
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat stick margarine
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fat-free milk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream margarine and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans.
  2. Spread half of the dough into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Combine jam and lemon juice; spread over dough. Dollop remaining dough over top. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.
  3. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars.
<b>Editor's Note:</b> This recipe uses both regular margarine and reduced-fat margarine.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 107 calories, 5g fat, 6mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 1g protein.

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