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Cranberry Walnut Squares:
Holiday Bar Cookie Recipe

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

Cranberry Walnut Squares with The Cookie Elf

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: 15-20 minutes

Bake time: 45-55 minutes, divided

Makes 60 squares


Cookie Crust

1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter or margarine, cut into chunks

½ cup granulated sugar

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt


4 eggs

1 cup corn syrup, light or dark

1 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen), coarsely chopped

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions for Cranberry Walnut Squares

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (325º F for a glass dish). Lightly grease a 15 x 10 baking pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine 1 cup cold butter, all-purpose flour, ½ cup granulated sugar, and salt. Combine until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

  3. Press the cookie crust mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 20-23 minutes until golden brown.

  4. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together eggs, corn syrup, remaining granulated sugar, and melted butter until well blended. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.

  5. Pour filling over hot cookie crust. Spread evenly. Bake 25-30 minutes until set.

  6. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut bars into 1 ½ -inch squares.

  7. Place bars in airtight container with waxed paper in between layers. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator.

Special Baking Tips from The Elf

  1. You can use either dark or light corn syrup when making Cranberry Walnut Squares.
  2. Dried, fresh, or frozen cranberries work. Chop cranberries in the food processor using a steel blade to get a uniform texture.
  3. Purchase fresh cranberries while they are in season during the fall and winter. Freeze them to use later on in this recipe.

Get more ideas on our Bar Cookies Pinterest board.

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