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Cranberry Butter Crunch Bark Recipe

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One Christmas I dreamed this recipe up when making buttercrunch toffee. It is an addictive treat that disappears fast.—Heather Ferris, Vanderhoof, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 8 cups chopped white candy coating (about 3 pounds), divided
  • 3 cups dried cranberries, divided

Nutritional Facts

2 ounces equals 336 calories, 18 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1/2 teaspoon butter. In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup butter, sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 290° (soft-crack stage). Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape sides of saucepan). Refrigerate for 1 hour or until hard.
  2. Break toffee into pieces. Place in a food processor; cover and process until coarsely chopped. Divide in half; set aside.
  3. Butter two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans with remaining butter. In a microwave, melt 4 cups white candy coating. Stir in 1-1/2 cups dried cranberries and half of reserved toffee pieces.
  4. Pour onto one prepared pan; spread to edges of pan. Repeat with remaining white candy coating, dried cranberries and toffee pieces. Yield: 4 pounds.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Cranberry Butter Crunch Bark in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2009, p73

Nutritional Facts

2 ounces equals 336 calories, 18 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.

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