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Cranberry-macadamia Bars

1 1/4 c All-purpose flour
3/4 c Sugar
1/2 c Butter
1 c Finely chopped macadamias, -hazelnuts or pecans
1 1/4 c Sugar
2 Beaten eggs
2 tb Milk
1 ts Finely shredded orange peel
1 ts Vanilla
1 c Finely chopped cranberries
1/2 c Coconut

Crust: In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour and 3/4 c sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 c of the nuts. Press the flour mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes or until crust is light brown around edges.

Topping: Combine the 1 1/4 c sugar, eggs, milk, orange peel, and vanilla. Beat until combined. Pour over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the remaining nuts, cranberries, and coconut.

Bake in the 350 F oven for 30 minutes more or until golden. Cool slightly in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 bars; cut bars in half diagonally while warm. Cool completely.