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cranberry bars with a bite

Cranberry Bars Recipe

Cranberry Bars are a delicious dessert or snack for the holiday season with tart cranberries and a buttery sweet crust and crunchy topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 418kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


Crust and Topping:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cold butter cut into small chunks
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  • 16 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking pan with butter or cooking spray, and line with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, zest, and baking powder.
  • Add the butter to the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or fork, work the mixture until fine crumbs form.
  • Add the egg and mix it into the mixture until fully combined.
  • Press about 3 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, that is the crust.
  • Set aside the remaining crumb mixture for the topping.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, sugar, and cornstarch and mix well.
  • Add the cranberries on top of the crust.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the cranberries.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is slightly golden.
  • Cool to room temperature. Slice and serve.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg