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Festive Two-in-One Bars

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 2 hr 45 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 36 servings
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Want a delicious dessert recipe? Then try these chocolate, cherries and nut bars drizzled with candy coating – perfect to treat a crowd.

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

Steps

  • 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

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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
10%
Saturated Fat
2g
9%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
45mg
2%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
9g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
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 Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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