Tasty, old-fashioned treats feature mincemeat

December 24, 2008|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Anita Wheeler of Bremerton, Wash., was looking for a recipe for making mincemeat bars. Toni Palumbo of Mercerville, N.J., sent in one she found in her local paper not long ago for Holiday Mince Squares.

These traditional bar cookies are wonderful to make this time of year because you can find the jars of mincemeat in grocery stores. I used my food processor to cut in the butter, which made the recipe quite fast and easy.

I'm not sure why mincemeat seems to be available only around the holidays but I'm going to buy an extra jar or two now so that I can make these delicious, old-fashioned treats any time of the year.

Recipe requests

* Lillian Burr of Baltimore is looking for a recipe for Cheeseburger Pie. She thinks it was made in a skillet and used pancake mix.

* Lynn Stiegler of Ellicott City would like a recipe for blackening seasoning for steak or chicken. She and her husband are on a salt-free diet and the blackening spices in the stores have salt as a main ingredient.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@baltsun.com. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published.

The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's You section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.


(makes 24 squares)

2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

2 cups sifted flour

1 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup butter, cut into small pieces

one 29-ounce jar mincemeat (about 3 cups)

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine in a large mixing bowl (or food processor) the oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is in fine crumbs.

Pat 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Spoon the mincemeat evenly over the top. Mix the chopped nuts into the remaining crumb mixture and sprinkle evenly over mincemeat. Bake for 60 minutes. Cool in pan and cut into squares.

Per square: : 313 calories, 3 grams protein, 14 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 46 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 20 milligrams cholesterol, 238 milligrams sodium

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