Thursday, October 22, 2009

cranberry pecan bars

Nothing says it holiday season like cranberries!!
1 C. flour
2 t. sugar
1/4 C. butter, cut into pieces
2 T. water
1/2 t. vanilla extract

1/3 C. whipping cream
1/2 C. light brown sugar
2 T. honey
3/4 C. dried cranberries
1 C. finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside. Combine flour, sugar and butter in a food processor. Process until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add water and vanilla; pulse again. Press dough into prepared pan and freeze for 15 minutes. Bake dough for 15 minutes, until golden.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine whipping cream, brown sugar and honey. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries and chopped pecans. Spoon filling over crust, spreading evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbling. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire rack. Cut into squares.

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