“Bear Sign” (Or… a more polite name: “Nut & Berry Shortbread Bars”) Recipe

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During the off-season, when salmon aren’t readily available up north, Alaskan bears eat mainly nuts and berries. So to track a bear in the woods, you simply look to the forest floor and watch for “bear sign”. Need I say more? Ha!

These are SO easy and can be thrown together during a quick tv commercial break and ready to come out of the oven before the movie or the game is even half-over!

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Servings: 32


Cost per serving $0.31 view details
  • 2 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 c. all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 c. chopped nuts, any variety
  • 2-3 c. any fruit (I most often use fresh or frozen blueberries- or a blue/cran mix)


  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the first 5 ingredients together until coarse- resembling pie pastry dough.
  3. Press ¾ mixture into a buttered jelly-roll pan (i/2 sheet-pan).
  4. Scatter fruit across top, then sprinkle remaining flour mixture atop, in a “struesel” fashion.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly golden. Cool. Cut into squares. Serve.
  6. (This is SO versatile! ANY fruit can be used- even canned/drained, dried, frozen- jams/jellies also work well)
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 53g
Recipe makes 32 servings
Calories 262  
Calories from Fat 142 54%
Total Fat 16.34g 20%
Saturated Fat 7.99g 32%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Potassium 75mg 2%
Total Carbs 26.62g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 4%
Sugars 12.96g 9%
Protein 3.56g 6%




  • Mary K Rivers
    April 25, 2010
    i can not wait to try these. I will use these at my mothers day brunch!
    • kathy gori
      March 1, 2010
      they look delish!

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