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Cranberry Bars

These Cranberry Bars are made with fresh tart cranberries that are sandwiched between a sweet sugar cookie crust. These bars are going to be a new holiday party favorite!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry bars, cranberry bars recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Heather




  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease or line with parchment paper a 9x13 baking dish.
  • In a stand mixer or with hand beaters, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, and 1 cup flour. Mix together on low.
  • Add the remaining flour and mix on low until fully incorporated.
  • Press ⅔ of the dough into the prepared dish and about a ½ inch up the sides.
  • Add the cranberries in an even single layer and gently push them into the dough a bit.
  • Drop slightly flattened chunks of the remaining dough over the cranberries.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until edges are golden brown and the dough no longer looks wet or glossy.
  • Let cool completely then glaze.
  • Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!



Serving: 1bar | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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