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Cranberry Shortbread Bars

Cranberry Shortbread Bars make a delicious treat for the holidays and are the perfect way to use up any leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Holiday
Keyword christmas desserts, cranberry dessert, cranberry shortbread bars, easy fruit dessert, holiday dessert recipes, shortbread bars, thanksgiving dessert ideas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 238 kcal


Shortbread Bars:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 3 cups apple cranberry sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F Degrees.
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  4. Add vanilla extract, and slowly mix flour until just combined.
  5. Press shortbread dough in prepared pan and bake for 15-18 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  6. Let cool slightly before adding topping.
  7. Spread cranberry topping (see notes for a link to recipe) smoothly over shortbread with a spatula.

  8. Return to oven and bake for another 7-8 minutes.
  9. Cool completely in pan prior to cutting into bar or placed in fridge to speed up the cooling process. Lift out of the pan using parchment paper. Cut into squares before serving.
  10. Stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Shortbread Bars adapted from Taste of Home

You can find the apple cranberry sauce recipe here

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar (1/12 recipe))
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.