Dried Fruit & Nut Bars
|Firmly packed brown sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Butter/Margarine||3 Tablespoon, melted|
|All purpose flour||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Grated orange peel||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Finely chopped walnuts||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Finely chopped pitted dates||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Powdered sugar||1 Tablespoon|
In a medium sized bowl, beat eggs until foamy; then beat in sugar, vanilla, and butter.
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and orange peel; then mix in nuts and fruit.
Spread batter evenly in a 9 inch square baking dish.
Shield each corner with a 2 inch triangle of foil.
Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 6 minutes, rotating dish 1/4 turn after 3 minutes.
Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 4 to 6 minutes, removing foil shields after 2 minutes.
Cookies should spring back when lightly pressed in center; moist spots, when touched, should come off on your finger and cookies underneath should be dry.
Cover with wax paper and let stand for 15 minutes.
Cut into 1 by 2 inch bars while still warm.
Let cool in dish, then dust each bar with powdered sugar.