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Cranberry Bars with Crumble Topping

My delicious Cranberry Bars have a delightful light crust and topping that makes them a mix between a classic dessert bar and a simple coffee cake. You will fall in love with the fresh cranberry tartness paired with simple ingredients for a sweet treat that is ideal for your next gathering.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bars
Servings: 12
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Jill


Crust Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 large egg

Cranberry Filling

  • 6 C fresh cranberries about 3 12oz bags
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 C pure maple syrup
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cold water
  • 3/4 C pecan chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper
  • Using a standing mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder until combined
  • Mix in the butter until crumbly
  • Beat in the egg until combined. Set aside about 1 C of the crust to use for the topping
  • Press the remaining crust into the baking dish
  • Set aside
  • Using a large saucepan, combine 3 C of cranberries, sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt
  • Place saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil.
  • Gradually mix the cranberries.
  • Once cranberries seem soft, reduce the heat to simmer
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until combined
  • Pour cornstarch mixture into the saucepan and mix until combined.
  • Cook for 2 minutes or until cranberry filling is thick
  • Mix in the remaining cranberries
  • Spread the filling onto the prepared crust
  • Sprinkle remaining crust onto the cranberry filling and top with pecan chips
  • bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until top is a slight golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars!
  • Enjoy!!


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg