Cranberry shortbread bars

Heather Disarro

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What are cranberry bars? Think lemon bars with a little twist! Tart cranberry filling atop a slightly sweet and salty shortbread crust and then sprinkled with powdered sugar.

cranberry shortbread bars

Cranberry shortbread bars

Serves 16


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper on the bottom and sides.
  3. In a bowl, cream together the butter, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups flour.
  4. Press into the pan evenly across the bottom.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. While the crust is baking, combine the cranberry sauce, eggs, 1-1/2 cups sugar, lemon juice and remaining 1/2 cup flour in a food processor.
  7. Process until smooth.
  8. When the crust is done baking, pour the cranberry mixture evenly into the crust.
  9. Bake another 35 to 45 minutes until the middle is just set.
  10. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  11. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.