Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cranberry Nut Rum Bars

I love the tartness of the cranberry and the richness of rum extract. In a dessert, my favorite way to marry these two distinct flavors is to add either orange element or a hearty nut like pecans or walnuts to really bring the dish together. Since life is too short for a boring dessert, I like to give as much flavor as I can in every morsel.

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/4 C. each unsweetened applesauce & water (or cranberry juice)
1/2 C. dark brown sugar
2 T. honey
1 1/2 tsp. rum extract
1/2 tsp. butter extract
1 C. dried cranberries, sweetened
2/3 C. chopped walnuts or pecans

Mix well all ingredients, stirring in nuts & berries last. Spread in a greased 13x9" baking dish.
Bake at 375 F. for 24-27 minutes. Cool and cut. Top with spiced powdered sugar (optional).
Yield = 24 bars.

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