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Cranberry Orange Bars

These easy-to-make blondies are rich and buttery and have a fresh orange flavor that complements the tartness of the dried cranberries perfectly. Serve them for dessert paired with a cup of espresso or coffee spiked with a splash of orange liqueur.

Cranberry Orange Bars

Cranberry Orange Bars

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed if possible)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Combine the eggs, orange juice and melted butter in a small bowl and set aside.

Measure the sifted flour, then add the baking powder, salt and sugar. Sift together a second time, then mix in the orange zest, almonds and dried cranberries. Stir in the egg mixture and combine well.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely before cutting into 1 x 2-inch bars.

Store up to 2 days, covered, at room temperature, or refrigerate in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 week.

Makes 32 bars

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