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Cranberry Orange Bars with Almonds

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The orange and cranberry add a fresh twist
to this variation of Butter Tart Bars.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 cups Dried cranberries, slightly chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • zest from one orange
  • 3/4 - 1 cup whole, unblanched almonds, coarsely chopped
  1. For the base, cut butter into flour and sugar until crumbly.
  2. Press into 15 x10 inch pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes at 350degrees.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle chopped cranberries over crust.
  5. For Topping, place all ingredients except almonds in a bowl.
  6. Beat with a spoon until well blended.
  7. Pour over base and sprinkle with chopped almonds.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes and then cut while still warm with a knife or bench scraper dipped in hot water.
These bars freeze very well.
Cranberry almond bars


  1. Mmmmm - sounds good! Also, love your Cherry Blossom depression glass plate - I have a collection of the green Royal Lace pattern. Happy New Year to you.

  2. many thank for the recipes..i have tried this @home and you know what...all fams are like it..really amazing :)
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  3. Love this idea. Will have to leave out the almonds due to allergies but otherwise it looks delish.

  4. Just ordered your new book! I really like your blog - I live on a rural farm in southern Minnesota and these recipes will help me out in my busy life! I just hope I don't gain weight! I'll need to watch portions and stay active- Best to you all this New Year- Greg

  5. Made these bars yesterday and everyone loved them! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm going to share this as well!

  6. Very yummy. Also left out the almonds, but the chewy cranberries in the bars were delish!


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