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Cranberry-Pear Bars with Orange Frosting

Yield: 48 bars
Prep 25 mins Bake 350°F 20 mins
Cranberry-Pear Bars with Orange Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1  package 2-layer-size  white or yellow cake mix
  • 2  eggs
  • 1/2  cup  butter, melted
  • 1  tablespoon  finely shredded orange peel
  • 1  firm pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1  cup  fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pecans
  •  Easy Orange Frosting
  •  Ground cinnamon (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, melted butter, and orange peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds or until combined. Fold in the chopped pear, cranberries, and pecans.

3. Spread mixture in the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Frost with Easy Orange Frosting. If desired, sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Easy Orange Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1 15 - 16  ounce can  vanilla frosting
  • 1/2  teaspoon  finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
Directions

1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly combine vanilla frosting, orange peel, and ground cinnamon.

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