Friday, October 23, 2009

Gooey Mixed Nut Bars

These were made for our Arkansas bus tour, they are pretty sweet! Taste like a pecan pie bar on steroids:

Gooey Mixed Nut Bars

Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. 2 layer size yellow cake mix
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
2 cups mixed nuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with foil. extending foil over pan edges. Coat foil with nonstick, cooking spray; set aside. In large bowl, use a pastry blender to cut the 1/2 cup butter into the dry cake mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minute or until lightly browned and set. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, the 1/3 cup melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon; Whisk to combine. Stir in mixed nuts. Pour nut mixture over warm crust. Bake about 30 minutes more or until bubbly around edges and golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. using edge of foil, lift uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars. To store: Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

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