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Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

When I place a pan of these bars in the teachers' lounge and come back after the last bell, the pan is always empty. I'd say that's a good thing. White chocolate chips and cranberries make them extra special. —Mirella Hackett, Chandler, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, sour cream and extracts. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Fold in baking chips, cranberries and walnuts. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar; spread over top. Sprinkle with cranberries. Cut into bars or triangles. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 166 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • IslandWife
    Dec 8, 2017

    These were delicious! I substituted 1/2 of the butter for applesauce and lessened the sugar because of it, and only made 1/2 of cream cheese frosting and lessened the powdered sugar for our preference. Otherwise, followed the recipe exactly. Even my hubby who doesn't like cranberries liked it! Thanks for sharing - this will definitely be one I make over and over! ** I had to add this the next day - AMAZING!! This is probably the best dessert I have ever had - moist, tasty and addicting! Thanks!**

  • cindiak
    Sep 19, 2016

    These were very good. I subbed macadamia nuts for the walnuts and cut the frosting recipe in half.

  • heatskitchen
    Jan 24, 2016

    These were extremely rich and I probably won't be making again. Here's my blog post on them:

  • E.R.B
    Nov 20, 2014

    absolutely delicious....i also made half the amount of frosting and still had some left over. the texture is lovely , and could put coffee or chocolate instead of cranberries and they would be fantastic!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Nov 7, 2014

    Really good and I just bought the can of frosting from the super market. This way there is no waste in having to much frosting, and cheaper.

  • dogcat_8
    Sep 8, 2013

    My family and I really enjoyed these bars. They were easy to put together and tasted great. The sour cream made the bars very moist. The only thing I caution is the amount of frosting. I only used 1 pkg of cream cheese (8 oz total), 1/4 c. butter, and 2 cups powdered sugar. You will need a little milk to thin the icing. I can't imagine more icing or cream cheese. It would be too much for the thin bar. Everyone in my family agreed that half the recipe was sufficient for the bar. I will definitely be making these again!