Eggless Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars

Hope the year 2009 has started off with a lot of hope and joy for all of you! I baked these cranberry bars a couple of days ago from Joy of Baking site. I think these bars are the perfect way of starting the New Year because it’s both sweet and sour at the same time, just like our lives. I bought and tasted fresh cranberries last week, for the first time. It’s sour and mildly bitter too. I have eaten something very similar in India, but I don’t remember the name of the fruit and I’m sure that it was not red in color. Sugar has to be added to make these berries edible.

This recipe for cranberry bars has the perfect proportion of sweetness and sourness. I didn’t make any changes to the recipe or procedure and the bars came out perfectly. Only one note though, the recipe mentions 2/3 cup of sugar, which is actually 10 and 2/3 tablespoons, which is not easy to measure exactly. So I used 11 tablespoons of sugar instead.

If you want a sweet bar then this is not the recipe for you. You should check these cookie bars instead. On the other hand if you are looking for something mildly sweet and sour, these cranberry bars are perfect.

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  1. I just made these cranberry shortbread bars to take to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and they came out great! I love your website in general, and your featured recipes have ALWAYS proven extra special!

    I do wish I could reduce the butter and, especially, the sugar in the recipe. I’m not ready to try out substitutions on my own though; any suggestions?


    Thanks Vanya. I too don’t experiment in all recipes. You can try substituting vegan margarine instead of butter. I think reducing the quantity of butter in this recipe would result in hard crust.

  2. Yes, yours has come out pretty well. Shall try this out sometime..bookmarked the original one. N as per your say, shall go by the cup measure only. Tks again.


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