Cranberry Bars

This easy to make recipe for Cranberry Bars is a delicious way to use up leftover cranberry sauce! They’re so good, you’ll want to whip up some sauce just to have an excuse to make them!

This recipe for Cranberry Bars has quickly become one of my favourites and I have already whipped these bars up twice in the last week! They are a wonderful way to use up leftover cranberry sauce but so good that you will whip up some sauce just to make these bars anyway. I mean, I did. Twice this week.

Of all the leftover components of our Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, leftover cranberry sauce is up there as one of the best to have left! I know that is probably not most peoples favourite but when you realize it can be used in baked goodies, you are sure to change your tune!

While I do enjoy homemade (and only homemade) versions of cranberry sauce, I much prefer to use it in baked goodies like Cranberry Sauce Muffins or these delicious Cranberry Sauce Bars! I mean, YUM!

Stack of Cranberry Bars

The most delicious buttery crust doubles as an equally delicious and buttery streusel topping (hooray for double duty and less work)! When its paired with a sweet yet slightly tart cranberry filling it is perfection, in my opinion!

So. Darn. Good.

These make a great dessert but I won’t judge you if you eat them for breakfast! I know I do!

Sliced Cranberry Bars on parchment paper

Do you use canned or homemade cranberry sauce to make these bars?

You can use either canned or homemade cranberry sauce to make these bars. I personally prefer the Homemade Cranberry Sauce but canned sauce can do the trick too. If you are using canned sauce, you will need to heat it in a saucepan over low to medium heat whilst breaking it down with a spoon until it is soft and more easy to spread on the crust.

Close up of a sliced Cranberry Bar

What ingredients do you need to make Cranberry Bars

  • Butter: Unsalted butter, melted.

  • Sugar: granulated white sugar.

  • All purpose flour

  • Baking powder

  • Vanilla extract

  • Cinnamon

  • Salt

  • Cranberry Sauce

**Note: Ingredient quantities and full instructions are in the recipe card at the end of this post. **

Step by step guide to making this recipe for Cranberry Bars

Essentially, these bars come down to a few simple steps:

  1. Make the crust: Mix together melted butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.

  2. Make the bottom crust: Spread half of the mixture onto the bottom of the baking pan and press down to form the crust.

  3. Cranberry sauce layer: Add a layer of cranberry sauce over the crust.

  4. Add the streusel topping: Then, sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over top of the filling.
Steps to Make Cranberry Bars

Bake, slice once cooled and enjoy!

Pan of freshly baked Cranberry Bars

How to store these bars

These cranberry bars should be stored in an airtight container. They will last a couple days at room temperature or several days in the refrigerator (if you can make them last that long)!

Cranberry bars can also be frozen. To ensure they do not get freezer burn, I wrap each bar up in plastic food wrap before placing it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. When you are ready to enjoy, just thaw them out!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!


Close up of a Cranberry Bar with streusel topping

You may also like:

Cherry Crumb Bars (uses the same base recipe as this recipe)
Cranberry Orange Streusel Cake
Cranberry Sauce Muffins

If you try and enjoy this recipe, I would love to hear about it! Leave a rating and/or comment below to let me know what you think!

Stack of Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars

This easy to make recipe for Cranberry Bars is a delicious way to use up leftover cranberry sauce! They're so good, you'll want to whip up some sauce just to have an excuse to make them!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 328 kcal


  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Cranberry Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper (Let the parchment overhang up the sides of the pan so you can easily lift it out of the pan when they’re done cooling).
  • In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter and sugar. Add the flour, baking powder vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt and stir together until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Spread half of the mixture onto the bottom of the baking pan and press down to form the crust.
  • Add a layer of cranberry sauce over the crust. Then, sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over top of the filling.
  • Bake the bars for 30 minutes or until the crust turns a nice golden brown. Let cool before slicing.

Note: Metric ingredient measurements are provided as a courtesy using a third-party calculator and are rounded to the nearest unit. The recipes provided on this site have not been tested with metric measurements and their accuracy cannot be verified.


Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 486IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is based on third-party calculations and is an estimate only. Accurate nutritional facts will vary based on the particular brands used, portion sizes, measurement accuracy and more.

Keyword christmas leftovers, cranberry sauce, thanksgiving leftovers
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  1. So this recipe calls for vanilla extract and cinnamon but never say when to add it. Does it go in the crust of the cranberry jelly for the middle?

    • Herbs and Flour

      Hi Carolyn! I corrected the recipe- thank you for pointing that out! They get mixed in with all of the other crust ingredients.

  2. 5 stars
    I enjoy baking year round and this recipe is perfect for anytime of year with any kind of fruit, jams or a thick layer of cinnamon/butter. BRAVO for a great desert or cut into 18 for any party. I’m very excited to see what else you have for us! Soooo grateful to find herbsandflour.

  3. Victoria

    This looks fabulous! I love cranberries and these look like they would be right-up my alley!
    Thank you for sharing! I need to pin this♥️

    • Herbs and Flour

      We love these bars and they really are a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce (though I have whipped up sauce just to make these bars)!

  4. Christine

    5 stars
    Hi, Cathy. Thanks for this cranberry bar recipe, we loved these bars. They have just the right amount of sweetness. Have you tried making this recipe with any other fruits? I was thinking of trying apple pie filling in place of the cranberries.

    • Herbs and Flour

      Hi Christine! That makes me so happy to hear! I use the same base recipe for the crumb topping to make all kinds of fruit bars! Apple pie filling is delicious with it. I have an Apple Pie Bars recipe on this site that uses the same base except I add more cinnamon and swap in brown sugar instead of granulated. I use the same recipe for my Cherry Crumb Bars too.

  5. This recipe is very simple to follow, and makes wonderfully delicious bars! I’ve made this recipe twice. Once using leftover homemade cranberry sauce, and once with bottled cranberry and pear chutney. Does not disappoint! Thank you.

  6. Hi Cathy – I can’t wait to try the recipe, it looks amazing! 2 questions: Can I replace the butter with oil, and can I double the recipe and use a 13” x 9” pan? Thanks very much, I really enjoy your blog! 🙂

    • Herbs and Flour

      Hi Michele! Thank you so much! I haven’t personally tried making them with oil so I can’t say for sure. Since the butter is melted in the recipe though, it may possibly work but I can’t be certain. You can definitely double the recipe and bake it in a larger pan. I have done so myself with success. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Made these for a holiday cookie bake-off at work and they were a total success! I used homemade cranberry sauce I had left over from Thanksgiving. Super easy to make and so delicious! I only had an 8×8 pan, so I baked for 35 min and they were perfect.

    • Herbs and Flour

      You really can’t beat a homemade cranberry sauce! So happy these were a hit! 🙂

  8. Linda Thurman

    5 stars
    Definitely worth trying. I had a can of cranberry sauce that I never used for Thanksgiving and no idea what to do with it. Then wow, saw this recipe and I was like why not. Easy to follow, I made it with regular butter (but I realized for my vegan daughter, I can just use vegan butter next time). I have an electric oven and things sometimes take longer to bake so I kept mine in for a bit longer that suggested plus I was using an 8 x 8 pan. Both my husband and I loved these bars. They are a bit sweet but you can adjust the sugar according to your taste buds I suppose. Next time, if I use the can of cranberry sauce, I may cut down the sugar just slightly. But very yummy, highly recommend! Thank you!!!

    • Herbs and Flour

      Thank you for your review Linda! So happy you enjoyed these! You can definitely adjust the sugar to your preference. I use a homemade cranberry sauce that isn’t too sweet so the crust needs a touch of sweetness for me, but that absolutely depends on personal preference as well as the sweetness of your filling. Happy baking!

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