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Holiday 7-Layer Bars

1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 21)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups white baking pieces
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup diced candied orange peel

1. Preheat the oven to 35o degrees. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly grease the foil, then set the pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the crushed graham crackers, melted butter, and the orange peel. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the white baking pieces, coconut, cranberries, walnuts, and candied orange peel over the condensed milk. Lightly press the layers into the condensed milk.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are light brown. Use a sharp knife to loosen the edges of the bars from the pan. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Use foil to life the uncut bars out of the pan. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into bars.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens (

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