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Festive Cake Bars

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  2 reviews
  • 25 min prep time
  • 1 hr 30 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 24 servings
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Use sugar cookie mix, maraschino cherries and ready-to-spread frosting to turn out easy-to-make bars.

Ingredients

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
1/4
cup butter, melted
1/4
cup milk
2
eggs
1
jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, drained, stems removed, coarsely chopped (about 2/3 cup)
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
tub (12 oz) whipped fluffy white frosting
2
tablespoons red sugar

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. In medium bowl, beat cookie mix, butter, milk and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed about 20 seconds or until well mixed. Stir in cherries and almond extract. Spread in pan.
  • 2 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 minutes. Frost with frosting. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
  • 3 Measure red sugar into bowls. Press 2-inch cookie cutter lightly into frosting of bar to make imprint of design; remove cutter. Dip cutter into sugar; place on imprint in frosting to make design.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. In medium bowl, beat cookie mix, butter, milk and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed about 20 seconds or until well mixed. Stir in cherries and almond extract. Spread in pan.
  • 2 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 minutes. Frost with frosting. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
  • 3 Measure red sugar into bowls. Press 2-inch cookie cutter lightly into frosting of bar to make imprint of design; remove cutter. Dip cutter into sugar; place on imprint in frosting to make design.

Expert Tips

Chop maraschino cherries easily by snipping them with kitchen scissors. Drain on paper towels to absorb moisture.

Cake bars store well, tightly covered, in the freezer. Remove from freezer about two hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
180
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
95mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
28g
9%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
20g
20%
Protein
1g
1%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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