Cranberry Bars Recipe: This is a crazy easy recipe to make for beginners. It is simply a big batch of sugar cookies baked into one big pan! It is a great addition to your holiday baking and holiday cookie box.
TIPS ON MAKING CRANBERRY BARS
- Go ahead and substitute your favorite dried fruit (apricots! apples! raisins!), nuts (walnuts! almonds!), or chocolate chunks in the recipe. It is super versatile which makes it so ideal for beginner bakers.
- Bar cookies, like brownies, are baked in one square or rectangle pan.
- Ensure your baking pan is greased and parchment paper-lined
While at it, make these soft gingerbread cookies (no chilling required)
Or these tasty cream cheese sugar cookie cut out cookies (chilling required)
Cranberry Bars: Baked in One PanCourse: Cookies and Brownies, Holiday Winter BakingCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
Zest of 1 medium orange
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries (or your favorite dried fruit)
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease (with a non-aerosol spray) a 9 inch x 13 inch rectangle pan. Line with parchment paper with 3 inch over hang. Set aside
- In a medium bowl, stir with spatula: 1 cup melted unsalted butter, 3/4 cup white sugar, and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Stir it until even and blended
- To the bowl, add: 2 eggs and orange zest. Whisk until combine.
- Sift in a separate bowl: 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add to liquid ingredients. Stir with spatula until just combined.
- Add 1 cup dried cranberries, stir until combined.
- Pour batter into greased, prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, rotate it half way after 15 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, test with a toothpick or paring knife. If it comes out clean, it is done! If not, bake for 5 more minutes and test again.
- Cool completely before removing from pan and cutting (at least 1 hour).
- Cut 5 x 6 inch = 30 pieces