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Cranberry Crumb Bars (Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert)


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Here’s a delicious treat that tastes as yummy as it looks and would be a perfect end to your Thanksgiving feast. Your guests will love these festive cranberry crumb bars. The star of this show is cranberries – they taste tart and sweet with the orange zest and sugar. You’ll want to grind up the almonds first in a food processor or very high powered blender until they are more like almond flour, not paste, so be careful. Gluten-free flour can also be substituted and your cranberries can be fresh or frozen (no need to thaw if they are indeed frozen).

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Cranberry Crumb Bars

Adapted from Betty Crocker


Crust and Topping
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup ground slivered almonds
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup cold butter
* 1  egg
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* Juice of 1/2 of an orange
* Zest of one orange (use a small grater to scrape off the outside of the orange)
* 4 cups fresh cranberries
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

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Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 13×9-inch pan with butter or cooking spray.

In large bowl, mix flour, 1 cup sugar, the almonds, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in egg. Press 2 1/2 cups of crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Stir cinnamon into remaining crumb mixture; set aside.

In medium bowl, stir all filling ingredients. Spoon evenly over crust. Spoon reserved crumb mixture evenly over filling.

Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Cool completely. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

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If you want to serve them hot out of the oven with a little vanilla ice cream, then go for it. (They just won’t be set up enough for square shapes.) Below is how they look after being in the fridge for a couple hours.Cranberry treats Hip2Save

They look beautiful, taste wonderful, and are really simple to make! Enjoy 🙂

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime![/h2s_box]

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Comments 33

  1. Pamela

    These look SOOOO yummy! Thank-YOU!

    • Leane

      I made these Sunday and they are good I substituted regular flour for the slivered almonds it is a winner. Thanks

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Retta

    I just made muffins with cranberries & orange/orange zest. it’s a killer combo!!! I just may have to make these. My stomach is growling…….

  4. Melissa

    I am loving these posts by Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks!!!!! 🙂

    • ANNA

      Yes ! Looks like professional pictures and excellent ideas!!!!

    • ANNA

      Lina , do you have your own page?
      I love your style : ) or your team work with your kids!!!

  5. Stacy

    Lina, I have a question for you on the equipment I see, lol. Do you like your Ninja? I need a blender and my food processor is broke too and I make smoothies in my bullet every morning. So would this do them all? I see different packages, but do you like the Ninja overall and would recommend it for these things and for baking reasons too??? Thanks! ALso, I love your new food feature on Hip2Save!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes!! I double love it! I now use it for smoothies and as a food processor to make pesto, salsa, soup, ect 🙂 It came with a miniature bullet looking attachment for individual smoothies. Love that too.

      Thanks for saying that!! 🙂 Happy to be here.

  6. Angela

    These look so good! Lina, just wondering what you think the taste/texture might be like if I omitted the almonds? I have a little with a tree nut allergy at home, so I just avoid them at home entirely (rather than having the poor thing salivate over treats she can’t have!). Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think since it’s such a small amount adding a little more regular flour would be fine and instead of crumbly maybe it’d b a little smoother dough. 🙂 Enjoy!

      • Angela

        Thank you 🙂

    • Sara

      You could always use quick oats too, that’s what I typically sub in a crumble type recipe that calls for nuts.

      • Angela

        Oh! That’s a good idea Sara, thanks!

  7. ana

    Will this recipe work well with red hard wheat flour?

  8. Caro

    Does one measure the almonds before or after grinding? Thanks.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      After 🙂 I ended up with a little extra

  9. Lynn

    Lina or anyone else: Have you ever tried adding almond extract to this recipe?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No but I bet that’d be good! 🙂

  10. Lily

    that looks so ….Yummy, I hope we are neighbors 🙂

  11. Katie

    I made these today! Yum! I used regular oats like a previous poster suggested. They were regular (not quick cook) oats and it turned out great.

    I was thinking it might be a good idea to share where the best deals are on the main ingredients in your recipes (to tie into the savings aspect of the site). For example, I was proud of myself for getting cranberries for $0.99 at Aldi. They are $2.99 at my regular grocery store! Or maybe you could include the average price per serving in your posts? Just some ideas!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. Rachel

    I just made these and they are awesome! I used almond extract because I ran out of vanilla. They taste great. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yeah! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  13. kellyelting

    I just made some berry crumb bars with orange zest & juice tonight for my family. But I wasn’t using cranberries nor cinnamon. This however sounds really yummy! Would love to try this soon 🙂

  14. Micheleh

    As I was putting the groceries away, I was just thinking of what to make with the bag of cranberries in my frig. – Thank you for the recipe Lina!

  15. Lindsay

    This is in my oven right now! I am excited. It is already making my mouth water!

  16. Matina

    This recipe has become a holiday tradition. Thanks for the great recipe, Lina! This time I doubled the recipe & used less sugar in the filling. I used a heaping 1 cup sugar in the filling instead of 2 because I like the tartness of the cranberries. I also have used a mixture of nuts in the past when I didn’t have enough almonds. I think last year I did walnuts & almonds

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s great!! Thanks for sharing Matina 🙂

  17. Matina

    Made it again for Thanksgiving this year (it gets requested every year now:) and tried whole wheat pastry flour- it turned out great. Thanks! My husband also used your ham & cheese Hawaiian bread sandwiches recently for his work and they were a huge hit! He also tried turkey, bacon & cheddar on a jalapeño Hawaiian sweet roll and it was super popular as well.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome Matina! Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!

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