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Cranberry Nut Bars

December 12, 2015 (Last Updated: October 14, 2020)

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It is still cranberry season!  The bags of fresh cranberries are still in the stores so I am still allowed to make cranberry dishes!  These cranberry nut bars are made with fresh cranberries and are given a bit of added crunch with sliced almonds.  The red festive color is perfect for the holidays!

Three cookie bars stacked on a white surface.

These cranberry nut bars have a wonderful shortbread crust made with toasted almonds, for extra flavor…. So delicious!A slice of a dessert bar filled with cranberries and topped with almonds.

I used just one bowl to make these bars.  Well, technically, just one food processor.  That’s even better than one bowl.  With the food processor you just put everything in and push pulse….  it’s that easy.  I did the crust first. Placed the dry dough into a baking dish and then used the same bowl, leftover crumbs and all, for the cranberry filling.  Easy prep….easy cleanup!

Small squares of cranberry bars on a white board.

Other delicious recipes with cranberries include Cranberry Muffins, Cranberry Scones and Cranberry Coffee Cake.

A stack of a cranberry bar with almonds.

Cranberry Nut Bars

Tart cranberries with a shortbread crust and toasted almonds
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 290 kcal



  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds (toasted)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups whole cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds


  • In a food processor, put flour, sugar, butter and toasted almonds.
  • Pulse until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is incorporated throughout.
  • Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Flatten dough with hands.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in the same bowl, add sugar, eggs, milk, orange peel vanilla, and cranberries.
  • Pulse into ingredients are mixed and cranberries are finely chopped.
  • Pour filling over hot crust.
  • Sprinkle sliced almonds on top.
  • Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool before slicing.


Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 2.9mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cranberry bars, cranberry desserts, fresh cranberry recipes, shortbread with cranberry
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

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  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    3 stars
    Delicious, but I can only give a 3 star rating for a couple of reasons. The bars fall apart very easily. I did let them cool. Definitely must grease your pan because they stick. I might suggest trying them in a square cooking pan to give a slightly thicker cookie and a more uniform shape. Happy baking.

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    Fred G
    December 5, 2018 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    Great desert for this season

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    November 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    4 stars
    Love the addition of the toasted sliced almonds! These look divine!

    • Reply
      November 2, 2016 at 4:50 am

      Thanks, Jillian! The almonds do add extra crunch and flavor!

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    Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
    October 30, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    These look delicious – definitely want to give them a try!!

    • Reply
      October 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      They are delicious! I hope you give them a try…you’re gonna love ’em! 🙂

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    October 30, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Love cranberries in baked goods! The tart pop is my favorite.

    • Reply
      October 30, 2016 at 6:46 am

      I agree!

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    Aish Das-Padihari
    October 26, 2016 at 11:43 am

    In love with these pics. So yum

    • Reply
      October 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      The pics are yum….but the real thing is truly amazing! 🙂

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    Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary
    October 25, 2016 at 5:05 am

    they are look so tasty! simple recipe and not “too log list” of ingredients 🙂 love it.

    • Reply
      October 25, 2016 at 5:30 am

      Thanks! They are super simple to make 🙂

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    December 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    So sad that cranberries may ‘go out of season’ soon, but there will always be (I hope) the dried ones that I can get at Sprouts!

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      December 17, 2015 at 4:53 am

      I agree! At least there are dried ones to keep us going the rest of the year!

  • Reply
    December 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve still been buying the fresh cranberries too! These bars are just so pretty! So perfect for the holidays!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 4:55 am

      The colors are perfect for the holidays.

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