Cranberry Crumb Bars

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Yield: 2 dozen bars

Ingredients

For the crust
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup almond meal (almond flour)
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter
    • 1 egg
    • Zest of 1/2 orange
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the filling
  • Juice of 1/2 of an orange
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, flour, almond flour, salt, zest, cinnamon and baking powder. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. The dough will be crumbly. Alternatively, you can pulse the dry ingredients in a food processor with the butter until pebbly, and then mix in the egg until it all comes together. Pat half of the dough into the buttered pan.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, orange juice and zest. Mix in the cranberries. Sprinkle the cranberry mixture evenly over the dough in the pan.
  4. Crumble remaining dough over the berries. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until top is a light golden brown. Cool completely and chill in the refrigerator before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Fresh cranberries are in season for a very limited time, but they freeze incredibly well. Stock up when they’re fresh and throw them in the freezer to have all year round!

Recipe adapted from Good Life Eats

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