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Larsen's Creamery
Gold Rush Bars


2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sweet white dessert wine, such as Muscat or Late Harvest Riesling

3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/2 cup dried figs, chopped

1/2 cup dried dates, chopped

1 cup (2 sticks) Larsen’s Creamery butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup (4 ounces) walnuts, chopped

confectioners’ sugar, optional

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Gold Rush Bars

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line 13x9x2-inch pan with foil; butter bottom of foil.

  • In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • In small saucepan, heat wine over medium heat until bubbles begin to form at edge. Add apricots, figs and dates; stir and return to a boil. Cover pan, turn off heat and allow to steep 30 minutes until liquid is absorbed; cool.
  • Cream together butter and sugars using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then extracts; mix until combined. Gradually add flour mixture; stir well.
  • Spread half of batter over bottom of prepared pan using a buttered, metal spatula. Spread cooled fruit evenly over dough. Drop spoonfuls of remaining batter over fruit layer and gently spread to cover. Sprinkle walnuts over top.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and center is set. Cool pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Lift foil to remove bars from pan; cut into diamond shapes.

Store bars in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Thank you to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board for sharing this recipe with Larsen's Creamery.

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