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Bartlett Pear Orange Bar Cookies 

Fresh pears in the middle layer of the easy-to-do-bar cookies are a fruity surprise.

This is one of our own Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® recipes. It meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict nutrition guidelines as a healthy recipe.

Category: Desserts

Think Variety; Think Color: Green

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Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving:


3 cups flour
1-½ teaspoons salt
1 cup shortening
½ cup milk
½ cup fine dry bread crumbs
6 Northwest Bartlett pears, pared and sliced
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
Orange Glaze (recipe below)

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 17x12-inch rectangle.

Carefully place in 15x10x1-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 15x10-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 45 to 55 minutes or until pastry is golden.

Brush with Orange Glaze while warm.

Orange Glaze

Combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons orange juice or milk; stir until smooth. Makes 1/3 cup.

Credit: Recipe courtesy of Domex



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