Cranberry Bars











  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups whole fresh cranberries
  • ½ cups chopped pecans
  • Frosting (see below)


  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. milk/cream
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions – Bars

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 13 by 9 inch baking pan.

In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, salt, baking powder, cranberries and nuts.

Pour batter into pan. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely.

Spread with frosting and cut into bars. Makes 45 small bars

Directions – Frosting

In a bowl, beat together all ingredients.

Note:  I buy whole cranberries when there are in season and freeze. Just take the bags of cranberries and throw in freezer as they are

I found this recipe in the Milwaukee Journal. It is so easy to prepare and tastes great. Bars a must for any brunch!


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