Mincemeat Bars


1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened 
1/4 cup shortening 
1 cup packed brown sugar 
1 3/4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats 
1 jar (28 ounces) prepared mincemeat 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

Heat oven to 400°.
Grease baking pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches.
Mix margarine, shortening and brown sugar.
Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and oats.
Press half of the crumbly mixture in pan.
Mix mincemeat and walnuts; spread over top.
Sprinkle with remaining crumbly mixture, pressing lightly.
Bake until light brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
While warm, make 1 diagonal cut from corner to corner.
Continue cutting parallel to first cut, each about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Repeat, cutting diagonally in opposite direction.

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