Candy-Topped Bars

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Crocheting Mama

From the Oct/Nov 2004 Taste of Home. I haven't tried it yet, but they look delicious.

Top Review by vintagenovelty

This was pretty yummy, even though I made many changes. Firstly, I used walnuts instead of pecans, and I had nothing left to use for topping!I baked the base at 170 degrees C for 20 minutes (it wasn't brown at all), whisked the cream cheese filling by hand, used 2 egg whites (substitute, actually - I ran out of eggs), 1 tsp vanilla, and crushed more walnuts on top instead of using M&M baking bits. Then I let it bake in my oven at 180 degrees for 1/2 hour more, letting it cool inside for about 4 hours. Then I cut them up into 18 bars and promptly ate 2. YUMMY!thanks for this recipe that even a bird-brained (like me) could finish in 45 minutes!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.
  2. Cut in butter unil mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in pecans.
  4. Set aside 1/2 cup for topping.
  5. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9 inch square pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar.
  8. Add egg, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Pour over warm crust.
  11. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.
  13. Immediately sprinkle with baking bits.
  14. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars and refrigerate leftovers.

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