Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies, Day Nine, Cranberry Crumb Bars
If you like cranberries you will love these festive cranberry crumb bars! These tangy sweet bars are extra special with the addition of almond meal. Almond meal can be found in the health food section of most grocery stores. See, they’re healthy;-)
from my baking addiction
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal*
1 cup cold butter (2 sticks)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
juice of 1/2 of an orange
4 cups fresh cranberries**
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cornstarch
~Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
~Butter a 9×13 inch pan.
~In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, flour, almond meal, salt and baking powder. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. The dough will be crumbly. Alternatively, you can pulse the dry ingredients in a food processor with the butter until pebbly, and then mix in the egg until it all comes together. Pat half of the dough into the buttered pan.
~In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and orange juice. Mix in the cranberries. Sprinkle the cranberry mixture evenly over the dough in the pan.
~Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the remaining dough, then crumble dough over the berries. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until top is a light golden brown. Cool completely and chill in the refrigerator before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
*If you don’t have almond meal, just toss some almonds in a food processor until finely ground to make almond meal.
**Stock up while cranberries are abundant in stores. Just toss them in the freezer and use as you need. They’ll be good for about a year. If you’re using frozen fresh cranberries for this recipe there is no need to thaw them first.