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Cranberry Bars Recipe

The cranberry bars recipe is a perfect choice to serve around the winter holidays! A combination of both sweet and tart, and a creamy nut topping, makes this one a real special treat!


1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup salted butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package (10 ounce) frozen cranberry-orange sauce, thawed


1/3 cup salted butter, softened

1 package (3 ounce) cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Large bowl

Medium bowl

15x10x1-inch baking pan


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Spray bottom and side of baking pan with cooking spray.

Step 3: In a large bowl, beat granulated sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and the eggs with an electric mixer set on medium speed.

Step 4: Beat in flour, baking soda, and salt on low speed.

Step 5: Stir in cranberry-orange sauce.

Step 6: Spread evenly into prepared baking pan.

Step 7: Bake 30-40 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely.


Step 1: In a medium bowl, beat 1/3 cup butter, the cream cheese, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract on medium speed for 1-2 minutes; until well mixed.

Step 2: Continue beating on low speed, gradually adding powdered sugar and enough milk until spreadable.

Step 3: Spread frosting over bars; sprinkle with walnuts. Cut bars and store in refrigerator.

Makes 48 bars.

For more information on baking procedures and hardware used in this recipe see our Baking Tips section.

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