Fruit and Nut Festive Bars

4.8
(8) 8 Reviews
Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
45
min.
Servings

24 servings

Delicious Latin-inspired treat made with traditional holiday ingredients, such as dried fruit, coconut and pecans, is perfect for gift-giving!

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Make It

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  • Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Heat oven to 325°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray with cooking spray. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 15x11-inch rectangle; press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Prick bottom of crust in several places with fork. Bake 10 min.
  • Mix sweetened condensed milk and eggs until blended; pour into crust. Top with remaining ingredients.
  • Bake 20 min. or until center is almost set. Remove from oven; cool completely. Use foil handles to remove dessert from pan before cutting into bars.

Size Wise

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How to Make Mini Muffin Tarts

Prepare cream cheese dough as directed; press 1 Tbsp. onto bottom and up side of each of 24 miniature muffin pan cups. Fill with dried fruit, nuts and coconut; top with sweetened condensed milk mixture. (Do not overfill.) Bake at 325°F for 15 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely.

Substitute

Various blends of chopped fruits are available - select your favorite variety for this recipe. Or, you can make your own dried fruit mix. Create a tropical blend using dried mango and pineapple, or a berry blend made with dried blueberries. Substitute 1-1/4 cups of finely chopped mixed dried fruit for the 7-oz. package of dried fruit bits.

Servings

  • 24 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 24 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 190
% Daily Value
Total fat 10g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 100mg
Carbohydrate 22g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
   
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 25 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • Sue Flay |

    My family and friends loved this dessert. This dessert disappears fast every time I make it. Tip: The dough will be difficult to manage unless well chilled. I rolled dough out onto flour dusted parchment paper & kept the rolling pin lightly dusted. Use a light hand when rolling out. Some may find it easier to pat dough out in the pan.

  • keynibear |

    I made this for church. Everyone loved it. They were all gone before I had a chance to try one. I did hear a few people say they were a little sticky, but delicious.

  • kleekrcom |

    My family loved these! Very moist, I used dried cranberries. Will definitely make again!

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