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Quick Cranberry-Orange Bars

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 1 hr 55 min total time
  • 6 ingredients
  • 16 servings

Looking for a dessert with a tangy twist? Enjoy these delicious cranberry and orange bars – a yummy treat.

Ingredients

Base

1
box (15.6 oz) cranberry quick bread mix
1/3
cup margarine or butter, softened
1
egg

Filling

1
can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
1
tablespoon grated orange peel
1
tablespoon cornstarch

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square pan. In large bowl, combine all base ingredients; mix well with pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture evenly in bottom of greased pan.
  • 2 In medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients; blend well. Spread filling evenly over base. Sprinkle evenly with reserved crumb mixture; press lightly.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square pan. In large bowl, combine all base ingredients; mix well with pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture evenly in bottom of greased pan.
  • 2 In medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients; blend well. Spread filling evenly over base. Sprinkle evenly with reserved crumb mixture; press lightly.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. Cut into bars.

Expert Tips

Cranberries are shiny scarlet berries that grow on low-trailing vines in large sandy bogs. They are also called bounceberries, because ripe cranberries bounce. Cranberries grow wild in northern parts of North America and are extensively cultivated in Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Cranberries are harvested between Labor Day and Halloween.

Cornstarch is used to thicken puddings, sauces and soups, as well as to produce a fine texture in cookies and cakes. Recipes thickened with flour are opaque; those thickened with cornstarch are clear.

These bars are an excellent addition to the holiday cookie tray. The red cranberry filling makes them festive and colorful.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
45
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
170mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
22g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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