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Cranberry Pretzel Macadamia Bars

Cranberry Pretzel Macadamia Bars

Sweet, salty, chewy and crunchy, this delicious bar has it all!

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30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time



2 cups finely crushed pretzels

3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only), beaten


1 cup orange-flavored sweetened dried cranberries

1 cup coarsely chopped roasted macadamia nuts

2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar


1/2 cup white baking chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon shortening

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 325°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine pretzels and brown sugar in bowl; stir in 1/2 cup melted butter until well mixed. Stir in beaten egg whites. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 8 minutes; sprinkle cranberries and nuts over hot, partially baked crust.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour evenly over cranberries and nuts in pan. Continue baking 18-20 minutes or until caramel layer is bubbly and golden.

  4. STEP 4

    Place white baking chips and shortening in bowl. Microwave on Medium (50% power), stirring occasionally, 45-60 seconds or until chips are melted and smooth. Drizzle over bars. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Lift bars out of pan using foil ends; cut into bars. Store at room temperature in container with tight-fitting lid.

Tip #1

Variation: Cranberry Pretzel Cashew Bars: Substitute coarsely chopped cashews for macadamia nuts.

Tip #2

- To cool bars quickly; refrigerate bars 30 minutes.

Tip #3

- To crush pretzels; use a food processor or place pretzels in heavy-duty resealable food bag. Use a rolling pin to crush pretzels.

Nutrition (1 bar)

130 Calories
10 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
110 Sodium (mg)
11 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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