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.