Shortbread Bars

Shortbread Bars
Shortbread Bars

Recipe's - Shortbread Bars & Opera Fudge

Shortbread Bars Ingredients: 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 1/4 cup sugar; 1/2 cup butter or margarine; 1 & 1/3 cups flaked coconut; 2/3 cup maple-blended syrup; 1/4 tsp salt.

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Preparation: In bowl, stir together flour and sugar. Cut in butter till mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into 8x8x2" baking pan. Bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes. Combine coconut, syrup, and salt in small saucepan. Cook, stirring often, till coconut absorbs most of syrup, about 8 to 10 minutes. Spread over warm crumb mixture and return to 375° oven for 10 minutes. While warm, cut into small bars. Makes 24.

Opera Fudge

Ingredients: 2 cups sugar; 1/2 cup milk; 1/2 cup light cream; 1 tbs light corn syrup; 1/2 tsp salt; 1 tbs. butter or margarine; 1 tsp vanilla; 1/2 cup fresh cranberry's, chopped.

Preparation: Butter sides of heavy 2-quart saucepan. In it combine sugar, milk, cream, corn syrup, and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat till mixture boils. Cook to soft-ball stage (238°). Immediately remove from heat and cool to lukewarm (110°) without stirring. Add butter and vanilla. Beat vigorously till mixture becomes very thick and starts to lose its gloss, about 5 minutes. Quickly stir in cranberries and spread in buttered 9x5x3" loaf pan. Score while warm; cut when cool. Makes 30.