Recipes and Cooking Cranberry-Date Bars 4.4 (5) Cardamom is known as the grain of paradise in India. Sample its woodsy, sweet scent in these moist, fruit-flecked bars. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 15 mins Bake Time: 25 mins Total Time: 40 mins Servings: 20 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 ⅔ cup packaged biscuit mix ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom ½ cup chopped dates ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup chopped pecans ½ cup butter, softened ¾ cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, extending the foil up and over the edges of the pan. Lightly coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl combine biscuit mix and cardamom; stir in dates, cranberries, and pecans. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in dry mixture just until combined. Spread dough evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. To serve, remove baked mixture from pan by lifting foil. Place on a cutting board; cut into bars. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 20 bars. Tips Prepare as directed. Place bars in single layer in airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 160 Calories 8g Fat 21g Carbs 2g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 20 Calories 160 % Daily Value * Total Fat 8g 10% Saturated Fat 4g 20% Cholesterol 23mg 8% Sodium 165mg 7% Total Carbohydrate 21g 8% Protein 2g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.