Since many of our holiday gatherings are a little smaller than usual this year, there’s a good chance you’ve got leftover cranberry sauce. Here’s a new way to use it to make a delicious treat: cranberry sauce bars!
- Cranberry sauce
- Baking soda
How to make these crumble bars filled with cranberry sauce
This recipe is based upon my red, white and blueberry crumble bars I made for 4th of July. Like Thanksgiving, this is another strictly American holiday, now that I think of it. . .
The red, white and blue version makes a 9 x 13 pan. I wanted a smaller amount this time, so reduced it down to an 8 x 8 size. I simply made half the amount of the crust. The only tricky part to this is that the original recipe called for one egg. So, for this smaller recipe, we need half an egg. Awkward. I used just the yolk and added the extra egg white to my scrambled eggs for breakfast. 😃
Mix up the dough and press half of it into the pan. Then, spread the cranberry sauce evenly over the dough. Crumble the remaining dough over the cranberry layer. Then bake for about 30-35 minutes, until the top is slightly brown. Cool before cutting.
The recipe states 2 cups of sauce but as you can see, that does make a pretty thick layer of sauce. Plus, when you have leftovers it’ll probably be something like 1.2167 cups. Right? Feel free to use whatever amount you have; I’m guessing one cup would be the absolute minimum. Or you could supplement the amount by adding a little jam. I think a raspberry-cranberry combination would be extremely delightful! This is a very flexible recipe so feel free to experiment a little.
These cranberry sauce bars are a great way to enjoy your holiday leftovers!
Cranberry Sauce Crumble Bars
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups cranberry sauce
- Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare an 8x8 pan by greasing or lining with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour and baking powder. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly.
- Press half the dough into the prepared pan.
- Spread the cranberry sauce over the dough to make an even layer. Crumble remaining dough over the cranberry layer.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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