Panforte Bars

These rich bars resemble panforte, an Italian pastry, but are much easier to make!

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  • Makes: 32 bars
  • Bake: 30 mins 350°F

Panforte Bars

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Directions

  1. Lightly grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl stir sugar cookie dough with a wooden spoon until soft. Add nuts, butterscotch or chocolate pieces, and, if using, dried fruit. Stir until well mixed. Pat dough evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle coconut over top, pressing in lightly.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes 32 bars.

From the Test Kitchen

To Present This Gift...

In a well-ventilated work area, spray-paint the lid and the base of the tin. Let it dry. Cut lengths of ribbon to fit the lid of the tin. Using decoupage medium, decoupage strips of colored ribbon onto the lid. Repeat with the base of the tin. To decoupage, apply medium to tin, lay down ribbon, and paint entire surface of tin and ribbon with more decoupage medium. Let it dry. Hot-glue an ornament in the center of the lid. Let it dry. Line box and cover bars with parchment paper or waxed paper to protect food from coming into contact with painted and decoupaged surfaces.

Also try this...

Decoupage tine with other holiday-themed items, such as recycled holiday postage stamps, wrapping paper, and holiday newspaper clippings.

To present this gift you will need:

Deep red spray paint, round food tin, scissors, colored ribbon, decoupage medium, paintbrush, hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks, holiday ornament, and parchment paper or waxed paper.

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