Pears in the middle layer of the easy-to-do-bar cookies are a fruity surprise!
Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins
Yield: 24 x bars
PEAR BARS: Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in about 1/2 cup milk, one tablespoon at a time, until all flour is moistened.
Divide dough in half. Roll out half dough to 17 x 12-inch rectangle. Carefully place in 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Arrange pear slices over crumbs. Combine sugar and orange peel; sprinkle over pear slices.
Roll out remaining dough to 15 x 10-inch rectangle and place on top of pears; seal and flute edges. Cut several steam vents in top of crust. Brush top of pastry with milk. Bake at 375°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until pastry is golden. Brush with Orange Glaze while warm.
ORANGE GLAZE: Combine sifted powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice (or milk); stir until smooth. Makes 1/3 cup.
Slice smaller for a lower-calorie treat (24 to 30 bars).