Cherry Carob Chip Walnut Bars

March 27, 2009

cherry-carob-walnut-barsI’m not sure what inspired these bars.  Maybe it was the two bags of carob chips in the cupboard.  Or maybe it was the bag of dried cherries next to the carob chips.  Either way this trio plays very nicely together.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. salt
1 c. butter (2 sticks cut into tablespoon sized pieces
1 beaten egg
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. dried cherries
1/3 c. carob chips
1/3 c. chopped walnuts

Mix the first six ingredients.  With a hand mixer set at medium speed, blend a few pieces of butter in at a time into the dry ingredients.  Crumbs should look like lentils.

With a spoon or fork, mix in the egg and vanilla.  Add the cherries, carob chips and walnuts.

Spread into a greased 10X5 pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.