Saturday, December 05, 2009

Cranberry Crumb Bars (12 Days of Christmas Treats)

Cranberry Crumb Bars

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Cranberry Crumb Bars!
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Chocolate Crinkles!

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Cinnamon Roll Cookies!
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Microwave Peanut Brittle!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Almond Lace Cookies!

When I first saw these bars forever ago on Smitten Kitchen I knew I had to make them. She used blueberries, and I considered using cherries in the spring, but I had a feeling that these would make beautiful Christmas treats using cranberries instead. I was so right. I was a bit frightened that the cranberries might be too tart since they're simply washed and layered in the pan whole, but my fears subsided with one bite. The cranberries still offered my cheeks that ting of sourness, but the fabulous crust and just-sweet-enough topping took this dessert to a more sophisticated level. I'll definitely be trying this recipe with blueberries in the future; blueberry bars would be a wonderful breakfast or going-away gift for houseguests. But I have to say that for a more elegant dessert I'd have to go with cranberries!

Blueberry (Cranberry) Crumb Bars at Smitten Kitchen


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  2. I love your days of Christmas - clever and delicious! These look great! My supper club cookie swap is next weekend - which is the TRUE joy of the season! :)

  3. You know I really thought the cinnamon roll cookies were going to be my fave but I have a feeling it's this one. Can't wait to get to the grocery store for some cranberries!

    Were these easy to put together? Thanks Abby!

  4. Darn! I had a big bag of cranberries in my cart this week and I couldn't think of what I wanted to make while I was in the store, so I put them back. Bookmarking right now!!


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