Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars – #NatrelDessertExchange

These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray.  Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!  Plus a recipe video!

Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars - These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Natrel and I have been provided with product and compensated for my time.  All opinions are, as always, my own.

Ah, Christmas baking.  I believe I do far too much of it.  Hopefully I’m not the only one with a freezer full of baking right now!

Baking is definitely one of those things that I look forward to doing every single Christmas season though.  There are so many treats that I love to make every year, and only make at Christmas time, so I really enjoy doing all that baking.

Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars - These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!

It’s the one time a year that I use sugar and butter with abandon and don’t feel even a little bit guilty about it!

So I was quite excited when I was given the opportunity to take part in Natrel’s holiday campaign to spread joy this year – Natrel’s Greatest Dessert Exchange.  Come up with a Christmas dessert recipe using one of their new butter products (organic and lactose free butters) and share it with someone?  Yes, please.

Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars - These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!

Both of Natrel’s new butter products are made with only two natural and high quality ingredients – cream (either organic or lactose free) and sea salt.   The lactose free butter is the first one of its kind available in Canada, and can be found in stores in Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces.  The organic butter can be found in Quebec and Ontario, and only uses cream from dairy farms that follow organic farming principles.  I loved both of these butters, and enjoyed baking with them.

As I said, I love baking at this time of year, and I love giving that baking away too.  My kids teachers can pretty much always expect homemade food gifts at Christmas, and baking is inevitably what I bring to every single Christmas party or gathering of any kind.  It never even occurs to me to bring something else!

Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars - These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!

These glazed cranberry almond bars have been percolating in my mind for about a year now, and I am so glad that I finally created them!  They have a buttery shortbread base covered with dried cranberries and sliced almonds in a sweetened, orange flavoured glaze.

These glazed cranberry almond bars are absolutely amazing, super easy to make, and a great way to spread some joy this season! 

Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars - These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!

If you would like to participate in Natrel’s Greatest Dessert Exchange, you can share your holiday dessert creations with the hashtag #NatrelDessertExchange on their Facebook page.  In the spirit of giving, Natrel will donate 25 cents to the Breakfast Club of Canada for each share of their official Natrel Greatest Dessert Exchange post.

Watch this quick video to see how easy these Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars are!

Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars

Yield: 30 bars

These glazed cranberry almond bars are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray. Pretty, festive, and so easy to make, everyone will love them!

15 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

For the crust:
1 3/4 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
2/3 cup (98g) powdered sugar (icing sugar)
1/4 cup (35g) cornstarch
3/4 cup (187.5g) Natrel organic salted butter, chilled and cut into 12 pieces
For the topping:
3/4 cup (187.5g) Natrel organic salted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup (79mL) honey
2 tablespoons (30mL) heavy (whipping) cream
1 cup (113g) sliced almonds
1 cup (145g) dried cranberries
2 tablespoons orange zest (from 2 small oranges)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a 9x13 inch pan with tin foil, leaving an overhang so you can lift the bars out with it. Spray the foil lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, mix together the flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt for the crust, pulsing a couple times to combine everything. Add the pieces of butter and pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and looks like coarse meal. (If you don’t have a food processor, grate the cold butter into the flour mixture and rub it into the flour with your fingers.)
  3. Press this mixture into the prepared pan, pressing it firmly with your fingers into an even 1/4 inch layer, and up the sides of the pan about 1/2 inch. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. For the topping, combine the butter, honey and cream in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly, and then remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the almonds, cranberries and orange zest.
  5. Pour the topping over the warm crust and spread it out as evenly as possible. Bake for another 12-14 minutes, or until the topping is lightly browned and bubbling.
  6. Let the bars cool completely before lifting them out of the pan with the foil and cutting them into triangles. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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