Cranberry Trail Bars



6 cups Rice Chex Cereal

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1-1/2 cups dried cranberries

1-1/2 cups lightly salted mixed nuts

1 cup white baking pieces or semisweet chocolate pieces

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup light-color corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan

Combine cereal, brown sugar, and melted butter in a food processor container. Cover and process until mixture resembles fine crumbs, scraping sides of container occasionally. Press crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle cranberries, nuts, and baking pieces evenly over crust.

Combine granulated sugar, 1/3 cup butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly (this will take about 10 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour syrup mixture evenly over cranberry-nut layer.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until syrup mixture is bubbly over entire surface. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

To store: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw bars, if frozen, before serving.



Makes 24 cookies


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