The Ultimate Cranberry Squares

December 21, 2016


Milk and cookies might be the obvious choice to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, but this year I’m opting for something a little bit different in the form of ooey gooey cranberry squares. Cranberries have to be one of my favourite things to enjoy during the holidays. Starting at Thanksgiving, I make sure that my sister makes extra cranberry sauce and from there I take every excuse possible to add cranberries to my cooking and baking (sugar covered cranberries, anyone?). Ocean Spray recently reached out asking me to share a delicious, holiday inspired dessert and my first thought was sweet meets tart cranberry squares. I whipped up a batch of these babies a few days before we left for Halifax and let me tell you they were enjoyed down to the very last crumb. The tart taste of the Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries* mixed with a buttery, brown sugar crust satisfied all of my taste buds and I’m certain that Santa will be very pleased with a plate of these under the tree…paired with a cold glass of milk, naturally.

*Making this recipe with Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries felt so nostalgic as when Jamie and I were in college we would literally have at least 3 packs of Craisins® Dried Cranberries at home at any given time. I would snack on the delicious dried cranberries constantly morning, noon and night! These bars made me remember just how much I love them…I ate so many while I was baking these squares!

The Ultimate Cranberry Squares
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4177 calories
676 g
573 g
155 g
42 g
73 g
1029 g
1657 g
462 g
3 g
71 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1029g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4177
Calories from Fat 1369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 155g
238%
Saturated Fat 73g
364%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 61g
Cholesterol 573mg
191%
Sodium 1657mg
69%
Total Carbohydrates 676g
225%
Dietary Fiber 15g
61%
Sugars 462g
Protein 42g
Vitamin A
54%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
63%
Iron
62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Crust
  2. 1/4 cup (50mL) butter, softened
  3. 1/3 cup (75mL) packed brown sugar
  4. 1 cup (250mL) all purpose flour
  5. 1/4 tsp (1mL) salt
  6. Topping
  7. 1 cup (250mL) packed brown sugar
  8. 1 tbsp. (15mL) all purpose flour
  9. 1/4 tsp (1mL) baking powder
  10. pinch salt
  11. 2 tbsp. (30mL) butter, softened
  12. 2 Eggs, beaten
  13. 1 tsp (5mL) vanilla
  14. 1 pkg (142g) Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries
  15. 1 square each bittersweet and white chocolate, melted (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Crust: Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C). Cream butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add flour and salt and stir until well combined and crumbly. Press mixture into the bottom of an 8-in (20 cm) square baking pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until pale golden around the edges.
  2. 2. Topping: Stir brown sugar with flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter, eggs and vanilla and stir until well blended. Stir in the Craisins® Dried Cranberries.
  3. 3. Pour filling over crust and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbly around the edges but still slightly jiggly in the centre. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Drizzle with chocolate (if using). Slice into squares.
  4. Tip: Recipe doubles easily to fill a 9-x 13-in (3 L) baking pan.
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calories
4177
fat
155g
protein
42g
carbs
676g
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Adapted from As seen in the December 2003 issue of Homemakers.
The Blondielocks | Life + Style http://www.theblondielocks.com/

Thank you to Ocean Spray for partnering on this post, all opinions are my own.

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