Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cherry Shortbread Bars



     I like to read Joanne Fluke’s “Murder She Baked” series—the plots aren’t too heavy and the protagonist runs a cookie shop! Recipes contributed by readers are shared in each book, and I’ve tried many of them. Here’s one I’ve been playing around with for almost a year. Finally I’ve achieved a light but rich flavor! The original recipe was “Strawberry Shortbread Bar Cookies”, and I’ve added more sugar (of course), salt, white chocolate chips, and tried a new filling. It’s really tasty and I’m off to a Moms Club Late V-day Party now with a plate of these!

Ingredients:
3 c. flour (pack it down in measuring cups)

Key ingredients
1 ¼ c. powdered sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ c. butter (3 sticks)
21 oz. cherry pie filling*
2 c. white chocolate chips
(white baking morsels)    

*Note: Strawberry pie filling or another pie filling would also work!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Spray 9x13” pan with cooking spray.

3. Combine flour, powdered sugar and salt in mixing bowl (or bowl of electric mixer).

4. Cut butter in small chunks and add to bowl. Use pastry cutter, two knives, or electric mixer to combine butter with flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

5. Spread half of mixture (about 3 ½ cups) in 9x13” pan.

6. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until edges start turning golden brown.

7. Cool 5 minutes (on wire rack).

8. Spread pie filling over entire crust. Sprinkle rest of crumbs over top and lightly press down.



My fave filling: cherries


9.Bake 15-20 minutes, then pull out of oven.

Cooling on wire rack


10. Sprinkle white chocolate chips over top.

11. Bake 8-10 more minutes.


12. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars when cool.


These taste great when fresh & warm, but even better (in my opinion) after being stored overnight in a container with a lid--the crust becomes irresistibly moist. Yum!



 *Nutrition Facts:

Item
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
3 c. flour
1320
0
6
36
0
1 ¼ c. confectioner’s sugar
560
0
0
0
0
½ tsp. salt
0
50
0
0
0
1 ½ c. butter
2400
96
0
0
0
21 oz. cherry pie filling
630
7
7
0
0
12 oz. white baking morsels
1680
0
0
12
0
Total (32 bars):
6590 kcal
153 %
13 g
48 g
0 %
1 bar:
206 kcal
5 %
0.5 g
1.5 g
0 %



*Calculated from food packaging.

I used “Bakers and Chefs” (Sams Club) brand flour, “Domino” brand confectioner’s sugar, “Morton” brand salt, “Great Value” (Walmart) brand salted butter and cherry pie filling, and “Nestle” brand white baking morsels.

6 comments:

  1. These look so good and easy! Can't wait to make them. Glad I found you over at A Little Nosh. Pinned.

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  2. I love bringing bloggers together! Thanks Joan and Nancy!

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  3. Yum! This recipe has me thinking about all the different ways it can be made. I love that in a good recipe. I'll have to try those books too. :)

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  4. Stopping by from the Penny Pinching Party! http://queenofsavings.com

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  5. These look so good and quite unique! I will add it to my miles long list of dessert recipes to try :D

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  6. I love Joanne Fluke's books--they are so fun! I've been wanting to try some of her recipes, and this one looks like a great one to start with!

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