Cardamom and honey give these bars an exotic flavor. Pecans can easily be substituted for the walnuts if you prefer.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Line a 9-inch square pan with foil, extending the foil over the sides.

  • Grease the foil with shortening or butter.

  • Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.

  • Heat the butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan until the butter melts and begins to boil.

  • Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated. Transfer to the prepared pan and press evenly with a spatula.

  • Bake about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

  • Cool on rack. Using the foil, lift out of the pan and place on cutting board. Cut into 18 bars.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

128 calories; 6.6 g total fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 30 mg sodium. 16.7 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (37)

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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2007
I really liked these. I did cut back on the butter by one tablespoon because I wanted them to be a little lower in fat. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because they were a little too sweet. I would cut down on the brown sugar a little next time but keep the honey because it helps it stick together. When these first come out of the oven they are soft and fall apart easily. I let them cool for about 2 hours and then cut then with a large sharp knife on a cutting board and it worked perfectly. Oh I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. I don't like raisins and cranberries seem to match better with cardamom anyway. I really love the flavor of these- you have to try these if you love cardamom! They are so simple to prepare too and took only a few minutes to put together. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
Reduced sugar to 1/4 cup used only 2 tbsp butter and added 4 tbsp applesauce. The flavour was very good but despite pressing it as flat as I could into the pan it was still fairly crumbly and a bit dry (thought that part may have been because of my playing around with the fat content). I baked for 27 minutes but would probably remove even earlier next time. I will make again but try to think of other changes to make it hold together better. Read More
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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2007
I really liked these. I did cut back on the butter by one tablespoon because I wanted them to be a little lower in fat. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because they were a little too sweet. I would cut down on the brown sugar a little next time but keep the honey because it helps it stick together. When these first come out of the oven they are soft and fall apart easily. I let them cool for about 2 hours and then cut then with a large sharp knife on a cutting board and it worked perfectly. Oh I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. I don't like raisins and cranberries seem to match better with cardamom anyway. I really love the flavor of these- you have to try these if you love cardamom! They are so simple to prepare too and took only a few minutes to put together. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2007
I really liked these. I did cut back on the butter by one tablespoon because I wanted them to be a little lower in fat. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because they were a little too sweet. I would cut down on the brown sugar a little next time but keep the honey because it helps it stick together. When these first come out of the oven they are soft and fall apart easily. I let them cool for about 2 hours and then cut then with a large sharp knife on a cutting board and it worked perfectly. Oh I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. I don't like raisins and cranberries seem to match better with cardamom anyway. I really love the flavor of these- you have to try these if you love cardamom! They are so simple to prepare too and took only a few minutes to put together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
Fragrant delicious easy. Just the right amount of cardamom for me. I've tried variations with great success -- dried mangoes and coconut and banana chips; dried cherries and walnuts whatever you like just keep similar proportions to the orig. recipe. Mashing it flatter in the pan just after removing from the oven was a good idea someone mentioned my bars did not fall apart at all. I'll be making this a lot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
Tasty Good flavor but mine always come out very hard and crunchy and cannot get out of pan without cracking.:- Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2009
This is so good! I made some changes: I used about 1/4 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons honey 4 tablespoons (slightly salted) butter 1/2 cup of cranberries instead of raisins (goes very well with cardamom!) 1/2 cup of walnuts 2 cups of oats added 1/3 cup coconut flakes and two heaped teaspoons of ground cardamom. I let it cool for one hour before cutting and the result was perfect. Oh I did use the tip of another user to press it really hard before baking and also right after baking. I think this made the cutting after cooling much easier. They didn't fall apart at all. Thanks for the basic recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
Loved these! I used whole cardamom and ground (with a mortar and pestle)the seeds that's always a stronger flavor so I reduced the cardamom to 1 teas. Other than that made as recipe directed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
OMGoodness! are these goooood. I just tried one as soon as they were ready and am dying to have another. I'll have to be strong.....Followed the recipe except for reducing the butter to 4 tbsp with success (just couldn't bring myself to go all the way:) and sugar to 1/4 c. Also used dried cranberries and toasted cashews. They were a little brown at 30 minutes so will bake 20 minutes next time. I need to have just one more!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2008
I only made half a recipe in a loaf pan to see if I liked the flavor combination... they haven't cooled completely yet so haven't tasted any but the combination of brown sugar/butter/honey/cardamom smelled absolutely wonderful while baking. I compressed the bars again when I took them out of the oven and by cooling COMPLETELY I'm anxious to see if that eliminates the crumbling problem that other reviewers have reported. Later...yes they did come out of the pan and cut in bars perfectly. I didn't use the foil either just sprayed the glass pan very well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2007
Good flavor. Substituted pecans for the walnuts. The bars didn't hold together so I'd probably cook it a little longer next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2006
Smells and tasts great! Need to pack it really good. I think this would be a great snack for in the car or at a party. SOO good. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2010
Reduced sugar to 1/4 cup used only 2 tbsp butter and added 4 tbsp applesauce. The flavour was very good but despite pressing it as flat as I could into the pan it was still fairly crumbly and a bit dry (thought that part may have been because of my playing around with the fat content). I baked for 27 minutes but would probably remove even earlier next time. I will make again but try to think of other changes to make it hold together better. Read More
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