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[Cookie Elf File] 12 Days of Christmas Cookies #9: Cranberry Walnut Squares – Easier Than Pie!
December 16, 2016
Dear Cookie Elf reader,

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Jump in to our 12 Days of Simple Christmas Cookie Recipes with Day 9 and an amazing bar cookie that's easier than pie.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Feature, Day 9: Cranberry Walnut Squares: Easier Than Pie!

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Cranberry Walnut Squares combine cranberries, walnuts, and a sweet syrup filling over a cookie crust.

Can you say "better than pie"? Plus they are easier to make because you needn’t roll out a pie crust.

And you can cut them in smaller bites than a slice of pie. That means you can eat more of them.

Seriously ... these bars are a great way to use up fresh cranberries when you have leftovers. But you can use chopped dried cranberries, too. Which means you can make these all year long.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 45-55 minute, divided
Makes about 60 squares

Get the full recipe for Cranberry Walnut Squares: … and check out more Bar Cookies on our Pinterest board.

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More Simple Christmas Cookie Recipes (Substitute Them for Pie, Too!)

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

Kathy, The Cookie Elf

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