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Cherry-Walnut Bars

Prep time 15 mins
Stand time 10 mins
Bake time 25 mins
Yield Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 (6-oz.) package dried cherries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup SPLENDA Brown Sugar Blend, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

How to Make It

  1. Pour boiling water to cover over dried cherries, and let stand 10 minutes; drain well, and set aside.

  2. Combine flour and brown sugar blend in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Press 2 1/2 cups crumb mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

  3. Stir together sour cream, egg, and baking soda; add to remaining crumb mixture in bowl, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in cherries. Pour sour cream mixture over prepared crust in pan; sprinkle evenly with walnuts.

  4. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack, and cut into bars.