Easy Cranberry Cake Bars Recipe

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  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 24 bars (24 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
172 Calories
10g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cranberry cake bars recipe is made in a 13x9-inch pan and is as easy as pie, except it isn't pie! The recipe comes to us by way of two friends, who got it from someone else! It's just a darn-good cake that's simple to make. When summer comes around, substitute fresh blueberries for the cranberries.


  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (washed)
  • 2/3 cup pecans (chopped)
  • Garnish: confectioners' sugar
  • Optional: cherry-cranberry sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, cream butter with sugar for 5 minutes. Add eggs and beat another 2 minutes. Mix in flour and almond extract. Fold in cranberries and pecans until well combined.

  3. Coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray (and dust with flour, if desired). Spread batter evenly in pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick tests clean (except for cranberry juice).

  4. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars of desired size. Serve warm or cold with Cherry-Cranberry Sauce, if desired.