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, 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, melted
  • Sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Cranberry Sauce

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!

-Cathy

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

Herbs and Flour
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 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 486IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas leftovers, cranberry sauce, thanksgiving leftovers
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Stack of Cranberry Bars

4 Comments

  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.

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