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Cranberry Bars



  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4cup water Confectioner's (powdered) sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in the middle.
  • Line a 9-inch square baking pan with 2 crisscrossed sheets of foil, leaving an overhand on 2 opposite sides, then butter foil.
  • Blend butter, flour, salt, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a food processor until mixture begins to clump together. Press into bottom of pan.
  • Bake until pale golden and sides begin to pull away from pan, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • While crust is baking, cook cranberries, remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar, and water in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside.
  • Pour cranberries over baked crust and bake until egs is golden, about 25 minutes.
  • Sift confectioners sugar over top and cool completely in pan on a rack.
  • When cool, lift out of pan using foil overhang and cut into 12 squares, then sift more confectioners sugar on top.
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