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Cranberry Granola Nut Bars

Cranberry Granola Nut BarsThese colorful, sweet treats are especially nice for the holidays, but don't let that stop you from serving them year-round.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pack of spices from Concord Foods' Sweet Potato Casserole Mix*
1/4 cup water

Topping:
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon water

Filling:
1 cup Ocean Spray® Cranberries, coarsely chopped, fresh or frozen
1 cup granola flake cereal, with raisins, almonds, and dates
1 cup mixed nuts
1 pouch of marshmallows from Concord Foods' Sweet Potato Casserole Mix**

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. For Crust: In medium mixer bowl combine all crust ingredients. Beat at medium speed until well mixed.
  3. Pat mixture onto bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is light brown. Remove from oven; set aside.
  5. For Topping: Meanwhile, in 1 quart saucepan combine all topping ingredients. Cook over medium heat until butterscotch chips melt and mixture has come to a boil (5 to 7 minutes).
  6. For Filling: Sprinkle cranberries, granola cereal, and mixed nuts on top of crust.
  7. Pour butterscotch topping evenly over cranberry mixture.
  8. Continue baking for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
  9. Sprinkle top of bars with package of marshmallows.
  10. Return to oven. Continue baking for 3 to 4 minutes or until marshmallows are softened and puffy. Remove from oven.
  11. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Makes 24 bars.

*If unavailable in your area, substitute with 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon.

**If unavailable in your area, substitute with 2 cups miniature marshmallows.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.