Festive Two-in-One Bars

Want a delicious dessert recipe? Then try these chocolate, cherries and nut bars drizzled with candy coating – perfect to treat a crowd.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 2 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 36
 

Ingredients

1
roll (18 oz) refrigerated sugar cookies
1/4
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1/4
cup chopped salted peanuts
1/2
cup chopped mixed candied red and green cherries
1/2
cup chopped pecans
1
oz vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark
2
teaspoons vegetable oil

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark pan). In medium bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in cocoa until well blended. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan.
  • 2 Sprinkle half of dough with chocolate chips and peanuts; sprinkle remaining half with cherries and pecans.
  • 3 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are set. Cool completely on wire rack, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • 4 In 1-quart saucepan, heat candy coating and oil over low heat about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until coating is melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled cherry-topped bars. Let stand until set, about 30 minutes. Cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark pan). In medium bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in cocoa until well blended. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan.
  • 2 Sprinkle half of dough with chocolate chips and peanuts; sprinkle remaining half with cherries and pecans.
  • 3 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are set. Cool completely on wire rack, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • 4 In 1-quart saucepan, heat candy coating and oil over low heat about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until coating is melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled cherry-topped bars. Let stand until set, about 30 minutes. Cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

You can use leftover candy coating to make candy-coated pretzels. Melt the coating and dip pretzel shapes into it. Let them stand until set. Look for tree- and bell-shaped pretzels around the holidays.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
45mg
45%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 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 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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