CRANBERRY CRUMB BARS
20 min Prep
4 hr 0 min Total
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.
- 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup ground slivered almonds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Crust and Topping
- 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- Juice of 1/2 orange (4 teaspoons)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with butter or cooking spray.
- 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.
- In medium bowl, stir all filling ingredients. Spoon evenly over crust. Spoon reserved crumb mixture evenly over filling.
- 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.
- 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.
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