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Fruit and Nut Festive Bars

Fruit and Nut Festive Bars recipe
photo by:kraft
Delicious Latin-inspired treat made with traditional holiday ingredients, such as dried fruit, coconut and pecans, is perfect for gift-giving!
time
prep:
15 min
total:
1 hr 45 min
servings
total:
24 servings
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What You Need

4
oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
6
Tbsp.  butter, softened
1/2
cup   sugar
1
tsp.  vanilla
1
cup  flour
1/4
tsp.  baking soda
1
can  (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3
 eggs
1
pkg.   (7 oz.) dried fruit bits (apricots, plums, apples, raisins)
3/4
cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
3/4
cup  BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut

Make It

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.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Sweets can be part of a balanced diet but remember to keep tabs on portions.
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.
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