STONEGABLE HOLIDAY GRANOLA BARS

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 egg

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup whipped cream cheese

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1  1/4 cups rice krispies

1 cup dried fruit (I use dried cherries, blueberries and raspberries)

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use 60 % caco)

1/2 cup almonds, sliced

1/2 cups pecans, chopped

1/2 cups Heath Bar bits


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and honey and beat. Add cream cheese and vanilla and beat until well mixed and smooth.


In a separate bowl add flour, cinnamon, salt, rolled oats and rice krispies. Mix. Stir into the butter mixture.


Add dried fruit, chocolate chips, almonds and pecans. 


Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Dump the granola mixture into the pan. With wet hands, press the granola mixture into the pan, pressing it firmly to compact it. Sprinkle with Heath Bar bits and press into granola.


Bake for 35-40 minutes.


Cut into bars while warm. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. 


Granola bars may be frozen and re-thawed.

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