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Cherry Holiday Bars

Yield: 25 bars
Prep 20 mins Bake 350°F 50 mins
Cherry Holiday Bars
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  cup  applesauce
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1 1/4  cups  cherry, raspberry, or strawberry preserves
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, lemon peel, and baking soda. Stir in applesauce and oil; mix well. If necessary, knead by hand to combine. Measure 1 cup of the oat mixture; set aside.

3. Press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

4. Carefully spread the preserves evenly over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture; pat gently into preserves. Bake about 30 minutes more or until top is lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (Cherry Holiday Bars)
  • cal. (kcal) 147,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 27,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 15,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 21,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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