Salty-Sweet Pine Nut Bars

Salty-Sweet Pine Nut Bars Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Lightly pat the flour mixture into the bottom of the pan so the crust bakes evenly. Pine nuts can be expensive; pecans are a less pricey but equally delicious alternative.


Serves 25 (serving size: 1 bar)
Total time: 55 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 14 Minutes
Total: 55 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 99
Fat 3.2 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Monofat 0.9 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 1.7 g
Carbohydrate 16.2 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 87 mg
Calcium 25 mg


2.7 ounces cake flour (about 2/3 cup)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
5/8 teaspoon salt, divided
3 ounces fat-free cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Cooking spray
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pine nuts


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk. Cut in cream cheese and butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray; pat mixture evenly into pan. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

4. Combine maple syrup and next 3 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Stir in pine nuts. Pour syrup mixture over crust, spreading nuts evenly over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. Cool. Cut into 25 squares.

Julianna Grimes,

Cooking Light

September 2013
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