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Apple Cranberry Bars

Author/Submitted by: Land O Lakes Holiday Memories
Servings: 48
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

Ingredients:
1 1/2  cups  granulated sugar
1  cup  butter, softened
2    eggs
2  teaspoons  orange peel, grated
2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
2 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1/4  teaspoon  salt
2  cups  peeled apples, chopped
1  cup  cranberries, fresh or frozen
    --coarsely chopped
1  cup  chopped nuts
    Orange Butter Cream:
1/3  cup  butter, softened
3  ounces  cream cheese, softened
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
2  cups  powdered sugar
1  teaspoon  orange peel, grated
2  teaspoons  milk, to 4 teaspoons

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly roll pan. In a large mixer bowl, combine the sugar, butter, eggs, orange peel and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed, scraping the bowl often, for 2 to 3 minutes until well mixed. Reduce the speed to low; add the flour, baking soda and salt. Continue beating, scraping the bowl often, for 1 to 2 minutes until well mixed. By hand, stir in the apples, cranberries and nuts. Spread in the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. In a small mixer bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed, scraping the bowl often, for 1 to 2 minutes until well mixed. Reduce the speed to low. Continue beating, gradually adding the powdered sugar, orange peel and enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Thinly frost the cooled bars; cut into bars.


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