CRANBERRY CRUMB BARS

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20 min Prep
4 hr 0 min Total
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24 Servings

Celebrate the season with cranberry bars! They're super easy to make and can be cut into mini squares, just right for a dessert tray.


Ingredient List
    Crust and Topping
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup ground slivered almonds
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup cold butter
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 egg
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Filling
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 cup sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Juice of 1/2 orange (4 teaspoons)
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon vanilla
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, mix flour, 1 cup sugar, the almonds, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in egg. Press 2 1/2 cups of crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Stir cinnamon into remaining crumb mixture; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, stir all filling ingredients. Spoon evenly over crust. Spoon reserved crumb mixture evenly over filling.
  4. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Cool completely. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.
Tips
  • Katie Goodman from Albuquerque, NM created this recipe for a Celebrate the Season Holiday Cookie Contest.
  • Stock up on cranberries while they’re abundant in stores. Just toss them in the freezer and use as you need; they’ll be good for about a year. If you’re using frozen cranberries for this recipe, there is no need to thaw them first.
  • "These bars are practically perfect in every way. In fact, the only thing that would make them MORE perfect would be if they were actually considered health food. Let cranberries take the center stage and shine with this recipe. It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday baking season, or anytime you want your kitchen to smell amazing. They're best served chilled, though that’s not to say I haven’t swiped a piece or two straight out of the oven." Katie Goodman
  • A food processor works great for grinding the almonds. You will need about 2/3 cup slivered almonds to measure 1/2 cup ground almonds.