Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

The colors of the season featured in this moist bars, which are layered with cherry and apricot preserves.   (This recipe is Diabetic Friendly!)

         Nancy Foust                                                       Stoneboro, Pennsylvania


Neapolitan Bars Recipe

Neapolitan Bar

1 cup butter, soften

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ½ cups flour

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 to 2 drops green food coloring

1 to 2 drops red food coloring

1/3 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup finely chopped maraschino cherries, patted dry

1/3 cup flaked coconut

½ tsp. rum extract

¼ cup cherry preserves

¼ cup apricot preserves


Line a greased 13×9 inch baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Divide dough in thirds.  Tint one portion green and one portion red; leave the remaining portion white.  Add chocolate chips to green portion, cherries to red portion and coconut and rum extract to white portion.  Spread one portion into prepared pan.  Bake at 350 F. for 7-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Immediately invert onto a wire rack and remove waxed paper.  Place another wire rack on top and turn over.  Cool completely.  Repeat with remaining portions, portions, preparing pan each time.

Place pink layer on a large piece of plastic wrap, about 30 inches long.  Spread with cherry preserves.  Top with white layer and spread with apricot preserves.  Top with green layer.  Bring plastic over layers.  Slide onto a baking sheet and set a cutting board on top to compress layers.  Refrigerate overnight.

With a sharp knife, trim ¼ inch from each edge.  Cut into bars.  Store in airtight container.         4 dozen

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Festive Fruit Tart

Festive Fruit Tart

Festive Fruit Tart

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


“Wow!” is what you’ll hear when you serve this impressive dessert to company.  “The tart is not only pretty, it’s also easy to make.”

           Nancy Adams                                                             Hancock, New Hampshire


Festive Fruit Tart Recipe

Festive Fruit Tart

Pastry for single-crust Pie (9 inch)

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

¾ tsp. almond extract, divided

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1 medium peach or nectarines, peeled and sliced

2 Tbsp. apricot preserves

Press pastry onto bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom; trim edges.  Generously prick the bottom with a fork.  Bake at 450 F. for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and ½ teaspoon almond extract until smooth; spread over crust.  Arrange fruit over cream cheese mixture.

In a microwave, heat preserves and remaining extract, uncovered, on high for 20-30 seconds or until warm.  Brush over fruit.  Store in the refrigerator.        12 servings

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Apricot Chicken Wings

Apricot Chicken Wings

Apricot Chicken Wings

Simple-to-make appetizers, Apricot Chicken Wings, are the key to easy entertaining.  A five ingredient marinade flavors these juicy and tender chicken wings.

                Robin Spires                                                            Tampa, Florida


Apricot Chicken Wings

Apricot  Chicken wings

2 Lbs. chicken wings

1 cup apricot preserves

2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

2-3 tsp. hot pepper sauce

1 ½ tsp. chili powder

1 garlic clove, minced


Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tips.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour ½ cup into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken.  Seal bag and turn to coat.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

Drain and discard marinade.  Place wings in a greased foil-lined 15 in x 10 in x 1 in baking pan.  Bake at 400 F. for 30-35 minutes or until juices run clear, turning and basting occasionally with remaining marinade.          Yield:  2 dozen

(Recipe for the Apricot Chicken Wings was in Taste of Home, 2012)

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