Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Just the thing for a fall/wintertime pick me up. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries for this recipe. If using frozen, do not thaw. From Gourmet Magazine, November 2007. Cook time reflects cooling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack in middle of oven.
  2. Line 9 inch square pan with 2 crisscrossed sheets of foil, leaving an overhang on 2 opposite sides, then butter foil.
  3. Blend butter, flour salt, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a food processor until mixture begins to clump together.
  4. Press into bottom of pan.
  5. Bake until pale golden and sides begin to pull away from pan, 25-30 minutes.
  6. While crust is baking, cook cranberries, remaining 2/3 cup sugar, and water in a 2 qt heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries burst, 6-8 minutes.
  7. Pour cranberries over crust and bake until edge is golden, about 25 minutes.
  8. Sift confectioners sugar over top and cool completely in pan on a rack.
  9. Lift out of pan using the foil overhang and cut into 12 squares, then sift more confectioners over top.
  10. **Note: Bars keep in an airtight container at room temperature 2 days.


Most Helpful

This is my new favorite holiday cookie. I followed the recipe verbatim using a 9x9 pan and easily got 24 cookies instead of 12. The bars are a bit thick... next time I'll try using a 9x13 pan.

Lynette M. December 23, 2008

Love it! I have made twice & cooked the cranberries much longer to jam consistency. Don't put on powdered sugar until bars are totally cool or it will melt. Got huge bag of cranberries at Costco for very good price - stock up while in season b/c they are hard to find off-season (I found very expensive organic ones at AJ's).

Misty G November 25, 2008

this is like a shortbread crust, it is light and buttery, I baked mine in a 8x8 pan which worked well and also increased the sugar to over 1/2 cup for the filling, thanks for sharing this Bev!...Kitten:)

Kittencal@recipezazz November 09, 2007

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