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Peanut Butter Chip Fruit Bars

Dessert Bars Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 24 bars

Prep time: 10 min.
Baking time: 25 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 - cups Peanut Butter Chips, divided
  • 1 - package (8-ounces.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 - cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 - egg
  • 1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 - teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 - teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 - cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 - cup chopped dried mixed fruit or dried fruit bits
  • ORANGE GLAZE (recipe below)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

  1. Place 1 cup peanut butter chips in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir.
  2. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred.
  3. Beat melted peanut butter chips and cream cheese in large bowl until well blended.
  4. Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Blend well.
  5. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to cream cheese mixture, blending well.
  6. Stir in oats, remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter chips and dried fruit.
  7. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; spread with ORANGE GLAZE. Cut into bars.

ORANGE GLAZE:

Ingredients:

  • 1 - cup powdered sugar
  • 2 - Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 - teaspoon freshly grated orange peel (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine powdered sugar, orange juice and freshly grated orange peel (optional) in small mixing bowl.
  2. Blend until smooth. (Add additional orange juice, a teaspoonful at a time, if glaze is too thick.)

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