Posted on Leave a comment

Christmas Jewel Bars

Jewel Bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar DIVIDED
  • 18 tbsp butter (1 1/8 cups)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups mixed nuts
  • 2 1/4 cups red and green glace cherries cut in half
  • 2 1/4 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In either a large bowl or food processor combine the flour with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

  3. Either cut in the butter with a pastry blender or pulse food processor until coarse crumbs form. If there are a few small pieces of butter it is okay.

  4. Press mixture evenly into a baking tray.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl.

  7. Add the remaining brown sugar and salt.

  8. Add in the cherries, nuts and chocolate chips. Mix well.

  9. Spoon mixture overtop of baked cookie layer. Press down firmly to adhere layers.

  10. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

  11. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

This is my all time favorite Christmas goodie. My mom started making these when I was a kid. She thinks she found the recipe on the back of a chipits bag. I started making them myself about 8 years ago and adjusted the recipe to my taste. They are easy to make, look beautifully festive and taste delicious – the three main requirements for any holiday treat.

These can be made two ways: in a food processor or by hand with a pastry blender. I highly recommend the food processor as it cuts down the prep time by over half.

This recipe calls for 2 1/4 cups of glace cherries. I use a mix of red, green and dried cherries. I cut the glace cherries in half.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Then combine your flour and 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar in either your food processor or a large bowl. Add the butter and cut it in. This can be accomplished by hand with the pastry blender or blend it in your food processor until coarse crumbs form. If there are a few small pieces of butter, don’t worry.

IMG_1230.jpg

IMG_1231

Press the mixture firmly into a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

IMG_1233.jpg

IMG_1245.jpg

Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of packed brown sugar and salt. Add in the cherries, mixed nuts and chocolate chips. Stir until evenly coated (you will need to do a quick stir again right before pouring it out).

IMG_1243.jpg

Spread cherry mixture evenly overtop of the baked cookie crust. Press down firmly on the cherry mixture to adhere the layers. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.

IMG_1259

Enjoy! Happy Holidays from The Blue Radish.