Sunday, May 15, 2005

Cranberry Pretzel Cashew Bars

Cranberry Pretzel Cashew Bars (Adapted from Land O Lakes)

For the crust

1 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzels
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg white, lightly beaten

For the filling

1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped cashews, lightly toasted
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the topping

3 ounces chopped fine-quality white chocolate

To prepare the crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together pretzels and brown sugar. Add butter and mix until well combined - stir in egg white. Scoop the mixture into a 9" x 13" baking pan coated with nonstick spray - press down to form an even layer. Place into the oven and bake for 8 minutes.

To prepare the filling

Remove baking pan from the oven and sprinkle with cranberries and nuts.

In a medium saucepan, add butter and brown sugar - cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute. Evenly pour mixture over the top of the crust, dried fruit and nuts.

Place pan back into the oven - bake until the top is bubbly and golden, about 18 to 22 minutes. Remove and place pan on a wire rack to cool.

For the topping

In a small microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate chunks - place into the microwave and heat on medium power, stirring occasionally, until the chunks are just melted and smooth. Drizzle over the top and let bars cool completely before cutting.

Makes about 24 bars.

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  1. Wow, those look great! I'll have to add them to my holiday baking list, too. My boss loves cranberries.

  2. Your goodies always look so good. Love everything in these. And the list of "must try" recipes grows....
    Oh, I made your whole wheat pizza dough last week and made a "taco" pizza with it. I loved it!

  3. Jennifer - Let us know what you think if you get a chance to make them!

    Katrina - Thanks! Glad to hear the pizza worked out too!

  4. I'll bet that the "In a medium saucepan, add brown and brown sugar" should be "....add butter and brown sugar."

    This looks great and I'm going to make it for company this weekend. Your recipes always inspire me!


  5. Sue - yes, that is correct. It has been updated.

  6. Just made these for a work holiday party and they were a huge hit!! I'm a bit novice with the "drizzling" but you couldn't tell when cut apart and plated. :D


  7. EB - Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!