Dried cherry-flavored cranberries give these bars a chewy texture and pretty crimson color.
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1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) box golden vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot preserves
1 cup cherry-flavored sweetened dried cranberries
Heat oven to 350°F.
Place cake mix, butter, almond extract and egg in bowl. Mix well using fork. Reserve 2/3 cup mixture for topping; set aside. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Combine apricot preserves and dried cranberries in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until preserves are melted.
Spread fruit mixture over hot, partially baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved cake mix mixture. Bake 24-26 minutes or until topping is light golden brown. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
- You can also use vanilla or yellow cake mix in place of the golden vanilla cake mix. The color may be slightly different, depending on the type of cake mix you use.
- Sweetened dried cranberries come in a variety of flavors. Choose the flavor you prefer.
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Made these for the Holidays this year and turned out great! Wonderful way to break up all the chocolate goodies
Very delicious! I have made these several times and everyone always loves them. I do believe that the cooking time is off - in my experience, baking the crust for 10 minutes is too long, and they do not take 24 - 26 minutes to bake.
These are sooo good. I didn't have apricot preserves, so I substituted Mango preserves and I had a real Mango so I cut that up and added it to the filling. Didn't put cranberries in. Thought it was a little too sweet so I added about 1 tsp. of lime juice. Ummm.
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