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Cranberry Pecan Bars

November 15, 2017 (Last Updated: November 3, 2018)

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Cranberry Pecan Bars are perfect for gift giving or dessert trays for the holidays.

Pecan Cranberry Bars was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support Beyond the Chicken Coop

The holidays are coming and for me that means it’s time for baking up some love! This year I am baking Cranberry Pecan Bars and sharing with friends, family and neighbors.

Cranberry Pecan Bars ready for the dessert tray.

I like to give gifts to all our neighbors and friends, but I don’t purchase store bought gifts for them. Instead, I spend a couple of days in the kitchen baking up a storm. My kids love to help with the baking and the delivering!

A gift box filled with Cranberry Pecan Bars

This year I will be baking Cranberry Pecan Bars. They are a cross between a pecan pie and a cookie.

When baking I love to use the highest quality ingredients to make my creations truly amazing. Bob’s Red Mill products are of the highest quality! Here’s a coupon you can use when buying Bob’s Red Mill products.

A gift of Cranberry Pecan Bars

In addition to baking for gifts, I also love to bake an assortment of cookies and bars to fill a cookie tray. I will often take a tray full of home baked goodies to a party or keep it available for guests who stop by.  Some of my favorites are Raspberry Bow Tie Cookies, Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies, and Sugar Cookies.

This year I will also have these Cranberry Pecan Bars on the tray.

Cranberry Pecan Bars ready for gift giving.

When baking for the holidays, you want to plan ahead for your baking day.

  • Make a list of everything you want to make.
  • Create a list of ingredients.
    • Make certain you have all ingredients on hand.
  • If making several different recipes, plan the order of your baking.
    • Start with cookie dough that has to be chilled before rolling or baking.
  • Plan space for cookies and bars to cool.
  • Have gift giving containers ready .
    • Have packaging materials on hand: parchment paper, tissue paper,
    • Think about bows, tags, or other finishing items.
  • Allow cookies and bars to cool completely before packaging.
  • Deliver with a smile and spread the love and cheer!

Making Cranberry Pecan Bars

When baking these cranberry pecan pie bars, think about making a couple of batches. They tend to disappear quickly!

These cranberry pecan bars are a perfect holiday dessert.

5 from 4 votes
Cranberry Pecan Bars are perfect for the holidays.
Cranberry Pecan Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A perfect holiday dessert with cranberries and pecans on a shortbread crust.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bars, cranberry pecan bars, desserts with cranberries and pecans, holiday desserts
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 376 kcal
Author: Kathy
For the Crust
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
For the Filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 2 cups pecans
  1. Place flour, pecans, butter, salt and sugar in a food processor. Process until all ingredients are combined. Mixture will appear dry and lumpy.

  2. Pour into a 9"x13" baking dish.  Press dough down with your hands.  Press edges down so all surface area is even.  

  3. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes.

  1. While the crust is baking, put eggs, sugar, and vanilla into the same food processor bowl (no need to rinse).  Process until combined

  2. Add cranberries. Pulse until cranberries are chopped, but still have some large pieces.

  3. When crust comes out of oven, pour filling mixture over hot crust.

  4. Sprinkle pecans over filling.

  5. Continue baking for an additional 30 minutes.

  6. Allow bars to completely cool before slicing. 

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill

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  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 4, 2018 at 7:07 am

    5 stars
    Great holiday recipe.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      These are a favorite!

  • Reply
    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    November 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    These cranberry pecan bars look so festive and beautiful Kathy. It really makes fantastic gifts, I would love to try out this recipe…absolutely delicious:)

    • Reply
      November 25, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      They do make great gifts! They are also delicious…but don’t give them all away! You’ll want some for yourself, too!

  • Reply
    November 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Yum. Looks good. I almost always have cranberries on hand. Pecans not so much. I’m more of a walnut and cashew person.

    • Reply
      November 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Walnuts would be great instead of the pecans!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 17, 2017 at 7:18 am

    5 stars
    Homemade gifts for the win!! Can’t beat it! Every year I give family a basket filled with homemade goodies and some other small things, maybe a candle or nice hand soap. It always goes over so well. These delicious bars would be a lovey addition! That combo just screams Christmas to me 🙂 Pinned!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      I think they will make wonderful Christmas gifts.

  • Reply
    November 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Homemade treats are the best! And I would LOVE to get some of these cranberry pecan bars! They sound delicious!!

  • Reply
    November 16, 2017 at 5:26 am

    5 stars
    There is nothing I love more than to receive homemade gifts from my friends and neighbors! These bars are holiday perfection!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 16, 2017 at 5:10 am

    These bars sound amazing, Kathy! Seriously! I love pecans, and I love baking with cranberries this time of the year. I bet these disappeared quickly in your house. 🙂 Also, I 100% agree with you about Bob’s Red Mill…I love their products, and my pantry is always stocked with Bob’s! Thanks for the tasty recipe, my friend!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 16, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Pecans are my favorite nut Kathy! And I love the addition of the cranberries ! These would be perfect with some added orange zest too! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    November 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    5 stars
    What beautiful and delectable bars! Wish we were your neighbours to receive them!

    • Reply
      November 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      I would love to share these with you! Too bad we aren’t neighbors!

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