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Cranberry Shortbread Bars Recipe
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Cranberry Shortbread Bars Recipe

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Look at the lovely confection our Test Kitchen came up with when it combined cranberries, coconut and white chocolate! Colorful and tasty, these bars and a glass of milk make the perfect treat after a dusty afternoon of raking leaves. TIP: Wrapped in colored cellophane and ribbons, Cranberry Shortbread Bars are pretty enough to double as quick holiday gifts, don’t you think?
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 205 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 101 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour, coconut and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Spread remaining mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugars and cornstarch. Stir in cranberries and apple juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts.
  3. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with white chocolate. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Shortbread Bars in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p47

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Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"Delicious! I made exactly as written and served them for dessert for a family dinner."

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"If I was going to make these again, I would not include the nuts. Otherwise, these were easy and tasty!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"The crust burned on these bars, and the filling baked quicker than the amount of time listed on the recipe and got overdone around the edges. I used a metal cake pan. Perhaps using a glass casserole dish would prevent burning. Any suggestions?"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"excellent bar in presentation as well as taste! I did make a few adjustments- instead of 1 cup of walnuts, I used 1/2 cup and added 1 tsp. ground cinnamon to the sugar-applesauce mixture to cook on the stovetop. I also reduced the oven temp. to 400 degrees. These are delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Just the right amount of sweet / tart. These were so good, I skipped the walnuts for taste preference, but they weren't really needed."

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