Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Bartlett Pear Orange Bar Cookies

Pears in the middle layer of the easy-to-do-bar cookies are a fruity surprise!

Author: Pear Bureau Northwest - www.usapears.com
Date: April 09, 2013

Serves: 24 person(s)
Yield: 24 x bars

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins

Ingredients:

    3 cup flour
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup shortening
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
    6 Northwest Bartlett pears (or other seasonal pears), pared and sliced
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tsp grated orange peel
    1 cup sifted powdered sugar (for glaze)
    3/4 tsp vanilla (for glaze)
    2 Tbsp orange juice or milk (for glaze)

Directions:

    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 375F 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.

Variations:

    Slice smaller for a lower-calorie treat (24 to 30 bars).

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:147 cals
Kilojoules:612 kJ
Fat:3.7 g
Carbohydrates:26.6 g
Protein:2.3 g
Cholesterol:0.1 mg
Sodium:225 mg
Saturated Fat:1.1 g
Fiber:1.8 g
Calcium:17.0 mg
Total Sugars:10.8 g

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