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Orange Cranberry Cookie Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling


8 dozen

Updated: May. 16, 2023
These cranberry cookie bars combine two beloved holiday flavors and top a delicious soft crust with cream cheese icing. We enjoy them during the holiday season. —Jennifer Blakely, Visalia, California
Orange Cranberry Cookie Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup grated orange zest
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange zest, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Stir in baking chips, cranberries, pecans and orange zest.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, butter, 1 tablespoon zest and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread over bars. Combine dried cranberries and remaining 2 tablespoons zest; sprinkle over frosting. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into triangles. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 triangle: 89 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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