Cranberry Crumb Bars with Mulling Spices


I won’t lie.  I’m a holiday cookie fanatic.  I have my traditional favorites, but I always love to try something new.  


This recipe for cranberry crumb bars comes from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.  It’s a simple bar cookie – a buttery shortbread with a tart filling that still satisfies your sweet tooth.  

There is beauty in simplicity.

Take these to your next holiday party for a festive dessert!

Or whip up a batch for your family.



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Cranberry Crumb Bars with Mulling Spices
Yields 36
A buttery bar cookie with a tart cranberry filling
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For the crumb
  1. 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled, plus more for the pan
  2. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 1 large egg
For the filling
  1. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
  3. 3 cups fresh cranberries
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, and butter the sides and the parchment. In a large, widish bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and spices. With a pastry blender or fork, work the chilled butter and the egg into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Pat half the crumb base into the bottom of your prepared pan; it will be thin.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, briefly pulse the filling ingredients until the berries are coarsely chopped but not pureed. Spread the filling over the crumb base. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs evenly over the cranberry mixture.
  3. Bake cookies for 30 to 35 minutes, or until lightly brown on top. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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