If you are a fan of lemon bars, then you are going to love this cranberry version! I am a huge fan of cranberry, so I set out to come up with at least one exciting cranberry recipe this holiday season and that is how these perfect cranberry bars were born.
PERFECT CRANBERRY BAR BREAKDOWN
While this may seem like the simplest part of making these bars, there are a lot of factors that weigh into the crust being just right. The crust is essentially a shortbread cookie. It must be the perfect thickness in comparison to the amount of curd. And it needs to have the right texture to hold up to the cranberry curd while retaining its crisp and buttery texture.
the cranberry curd:
The filling for these cranberry bars is essentially a cranberry curd. There are a handful of ways to make the cranberry curd filling (some much more complicated than others). The method I use is simple and yields perfect results. The zest of both lemon and orange infuse the cranberry curd for a touch of citrusy brightness. The curd has the perfect texture and simply comes together in your food processor or blender.
While you can simply dust the tops with a generous amount of powdered sugar (which is the classic route), I like to glam these cranberry bars up with a few simple garnishes. Toasted meringue dollops, thinly sliced raw cranberry & lemon zest make for a gorgeous & festive presentation. You could also cover the bars entirely with toasted meringue. Whichever topping you choose, just make sure to add it to the cranberry bars just before serving.
My favorite thing about these perfect cranberry bars is just how adaptable they are. For example, I added lemon zest to the crust, cranberry curd & topping, but you could substitute lime or orange zest for equally delicious variations.
Sweet, tart, and absolutely stunning, these perfect cranberry bars really deserve to be on your holiday baking list! Here is a list of some of the tools you will need to make these bars:
- 8×8 non-stick pan (I use this one from USA pans)
- parchment paper (I’m loving this pre-cut/compostable parchment)
- high-speed blender or food processor
- fine mesh strainer
- sharp chef’s knife
MORE HOLIDAY RECIPE INSPIRATION:
- ALMOST FAMOUS CRANBERRY BUNDT CAKE
- CHOCOLATE CHESTNUT & PEAR BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST
- HOLIDAY NOG RUFFLED MILK ROLLS
I am sharing these perfect cranberry bars along with a bunch of other bloggers for my friend Cosette’s Virtual Cookie Party 2020. There are SO many amazing recipes that you can search for using #virtualcookieparty2020! Here is a handful of cookie recipes that caught my eye: