Holiday Honey-Spice Bars


Holiday Honey-Spice Bars

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    Serves 48
    ¾ c. packed brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 c. honey
    1 tbsp. freshly grated orange peel
    2 ¾ c. all-purpose flour
    1 tsp. Spice Islands ground allspice
    1 tsp. Spice Islands ground cinnamon
    1 tsp. Spice Islands ground ginger
    ½ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. salt
    1 c. slivered almonds, toasted
    1 c. dried apricot halves, snipped into quarters
    1 c. dried cranberries
    1 c. sifted powdered sugar
    1 ½ tbsp. orange juice plus an additional 1/2 tbsp, if needed


    1. Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or baking parchment, allowing ends to extend 2 inches up sides of pan; coat with cooking spray.
    2. Using electric mixer, beat brown sugar and egg until smooth; mix in honey and orange peel.
    3. In small bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt; gradually add to honey mixture, mixing well. Stir in almonds, apricots and cranberries. (Mixture will be thick and sticky.)
    4. With oiled hands, pat batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 28 to 32 minutes or until light golden brown; cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack.
    5. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar with enough orange juice to make a thin glaze. Holding edges of foil, lift out of pan to cutting surface. Spread glaze over top, reserving 1 tablespoon for decorating. If desired, let stand 15 to 20 minutes or until glaze is set. Cut into bars.

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