Cardamom-Cashew Bars

Reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free egg product put a healthier spin on this 100-calorie bar cookie.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 48

Ingredients

Filling

1 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
1/2
cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product or 2 eggs
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons vanilla
1/2
teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups cashews, pieces and halves

Crust

1/2
package (8 oz size) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)
1/2
cup powdered sugar
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
1
egg yolk
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Orange Drizzle

3/4
cup powdered sugar
1
tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Prepare Crust; press dough evenly in pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until very light brown.
  • 2 Beat remaining ingredients except cashews and Orange Drizzle in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed about 2 minutes or until thick and colored. Stir in cashews. Spread over baked crust.
  • 3 Bake 19 to 22 minutes or until top is golden brown and bras are set around edges. Cool completely. Spread wth Orange Drizzle. Cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.
  • 4 Method Note for Crust: Beat cream cheese and sugars in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg yolk. Gradually stir in flour to make a soft dough.
  • 5 Method Note for Orange Drizzle: Mix ingredients until smooth and spreadable.

Expert Tips

This kidney-shaped nut grows on the bottom of the cashew apple. Cashews have a wonderful sweet, buttery flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
25 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 g
3 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
10 mg
10 %;
Sodium
55 mg
55 %;
Total Carbohydrate
16 g
16 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
2 g
2 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.