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Christmas Jewel Squares have it all and they’re the perfect Christmas treat!

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These beauties are packed with two types of chocolate, lots of dried fruit and nuts, and tastes like a chocolate chip cookie that has been wrapped in a fruitcake and smothered in a gooey sugar bath. Did I just go too far?

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Last Christmas, I posted a similar recipe called Magic Cookie Bars, but this year, I wanted to update them and make them a little more festive.

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If you’ve been following my blog for long, you’ll notice that with me, there are ingredient trends. I tend to find one particular ingredient that I become fixated with and every recipe that comes out of my kitchen tends to incorporate that one particular ingredient.  This year, it’s glace cherries. 

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One can’t help but notice first the sweet, sugary taste of these cherries. But I think the beautiful jewel-like colours of these gems are often overlooked.  There’s nothing like the bright glistening reds and greens of these confections to make a Christmas-themed baked good pop and stand out.

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Wouldn’t you agree? Look at how gorgeous these are; just the perfect little bite of Christmas without the fuss associated with most holiday baking.  That, Dear Reader, is my gift to you.

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I trust you’ll enjoy these just as much as I did. I hope you’ll come back and send me a note once you’ve had time to share these with your family and friends!  #merrychristmas

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Christmas Jewel Squares

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup red glace cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup green glace cherries, chopped
  • 14 ounces canned condensed sweet milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a 9x9" pan by lightly greasing the sides with butter and layering parchment paper in the bottom. Set aside.
  • Place the butter and graham crumbs in a bowl and stir with a spoon until the butter and crumbs have been fully incorporated.
  • Lightly press the graham crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Do not press too firmly, just lightly and enough to create a solid base.
  • Sprinkle over the white chocolate chips and the semi-sweet chocolate chips as evenly as possible.
  • Drizzle over the entire can of condensed milk.
  • Next, evenly distribute the toppings in the following order: coconut flakes, pecans, walnuts, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, green glace cherries, red glace cherries, and almonds
  • Bake for 30 minutes. When the condensed milk is golden brown and starting to bubble, remove from oven and allow to fully cool before cutting into even-sized squares.
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