Cranberry Crumb Bars Recipe
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Cranberry Crumb Bars Recipe

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This family favorite from Charlene Baert of Winnipeg, Manitoba features cream cheese and cranberry fillings, a tender crust and a nutty crunch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 407 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk and lemon juice. Pour over crust. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and brown sugar. Stir in the cranberry sauce until combined. Spoon over cream cheese layer. For topping, combine the flour and brown sugar in a bowl; cut in butter. Fold in walnuts. Sprinkle over filling.
  3. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours before cutting. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Crumb Bars in Taste of Home December/January 2003, p65

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farm diva User ID: 6995846 37428
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"Very good bars, not real sweet, so a nice change, from all the sweets at this time of the year. I did not have the canned whole berry sauce, so took fresh cranberries and cooked them with some brown sugar, and that worked good."

sharon8210 User ID: 3421587 83175
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"This is one of my favorites. It is a crowd pleaser, and great for the holidays. Sharon"

faye_100 User ID: 800026 120847
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"I made this with cherry and apple, it was great"

faye_100 User ID: 800026 136656
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"cranberry is good, but I liked it better with cherry"

faye_100 User ID: 800026 89361
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2008

"I made this for a work lunch it was a big hit"

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