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Cranberry Nut Bars

December 12, 2015 (Last Updated: November 16, 2018)

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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!

Cranberry Nut Bars

These cranberry nut bars have a wonderful shortbread crust made with toasted almonds, for extra flavor…. So delicious!Cranberry Nut Bars

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!

Cranberry nut bars

4.75 from 4 votes
Cranberry Nut Bars! Cranberries and almonds on a shortbread crust.
Cranberry Nut Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Tart cranberries with a shortbread crust and toasted almonds

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bars, cranberry desserts, fresh cranberry recipes, shortbread with cranberry
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 290 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. In a food processor, put flour, sugar, butter and toasted almonds.
  2. Pulse until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is incorporated throughout.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Flatten dough with hands.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in the same bowl, add sugar, eggs, milk, orange peel vanilla, and cranberries.
  6. Pulse into ingredients are mixed and cranberries are finely chopped.
  7. Pour filling over hot crust.
  8. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top.
  9. Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Nut Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Other cranberries recipes you might want to try:

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Baked Brie with Cranberries

Baked brie with cranberries in puff pastry.

Whole Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 5, 2018 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    Great desert for this season

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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! 🙂

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    5 stars
    Yes, cranberries are totally still in season! We should use them as much as possible. I am LOVING these cranberry bars, the shortbread crust, the almond topping. So perfect for the holidays!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 4:59 am

      They aren’t only yummy, they are good for you too!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    December 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Easy, pretty, and festive? Count me in! I love the color on these cranberry bars, Kathy!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 4:58 am

      Cranberries have the most amazing color.

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    December 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I wouldn’t mind eating the whole tray full of these cranberry nut bars!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 4:58 am

      It’s all about self control! 🙂

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    December 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    i love the shortbread crust!! yum!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2015 at 4:57 am

      The crust is delicious and super easy to make!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    December 14, 2015 at 4:24 am

    These bars looks like you put a lot of time and effort in them – love the bit about easy cleanup and prep. That’s always the biggest battle, who’s gonna clean the kitchen? And cranberries are so cheap right now. Love the silvered almonds on top for that pop!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2015 at 5:19 am

      I am always stuck cleaning the kitchen! Gotta love easy prep and few dishes!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 13, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Haha…we were both channeling fresh cranberry love, Kathy! I’m thinking these bars sound totally delicious. I might need to get a batch going…cranberries will be on super sale in the grocery stores soon. Time to stock up, right? 🙂

    • Reply
      December 14, 2015 at 4:43 am

      Yes! Cranberries store really well in the freezer so we could enjoy them year round!

  • Reply
    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    December 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    How gorgeous are these cranberry nut bars! Love that colour! Perfect treat for the holidays!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2015 at 5:19 am

      They are perfect for this time of year!

  • Reply
    December 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Kathy, I bet these are full of flavor, loving everything cranberry right now.

    • Reply
      December 14, 2015 at 5:20 am

      This is cranberry season!

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Bakerita
    December 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Mmm I’m glad we’re both feeling the cranberry love – these bars look so amazing!! Love that they only dirty one bowl 🙂

    • Reply
      December 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      One dish baking is good!

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    December 12, 2015 at 10:50 am

    These look terrific and so tasty! I really enjoy cranberries a lot.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      I know….cranberries are so good!

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