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Cranberry-Lemon Squares

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These tart bars use dried cranberries instead of fresh, so you can make them any time of year.

  • Yield: Makes about 16

Source: 10th Anniversary Cookbook; Martha Stewart Living Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries, (about 7 ounces, available at specialty-food stores)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed plus 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, (about 3 lemons)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan, and set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until water has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

  3. Transfer cranberry mixture to bowl of a food processor; chop coarsely. Transfer to a bowl, and set aside.

  4. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine confectioners' sugar and 3/4 cup flour. Add butter, beating on low speed until mixture forms pea-size pieces. Press batter into baking pan.

  5. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  6. Beat eggs and granulated sugar until smooth. Add lemon juice; beat to combine. Add remaining 1/4 cup flour, and beat to combine; set lemon mixture aside.

  7. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. Spread cranberry mixture over cooked crust. Pour lemon mixture over the cranberry mixture. Bake until set, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, 40 minutes. Chill 4 hours. To serve, cut into squares, and dust with confectioners' sugar.

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  • jeanniehw4
    25 FEB, 2017
    Very easy recipe to make. When cutting I suggest dipping your knife in hot water so the bars cut clean. Very tart and loved the crust. I added a dash of salt to crust. Mine didn't look as pretty as the photo but we enjoyed them
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  • deeshueyymail
    27 NOV, 2015
    Two stars for the idea of a cranberry layer. I'll use it with a better crust and much better lemon layer. I'm surprised at how those two components leave MUCH to be desired.
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  • bifaerie79
    20 DEC, 2009
    These are delicious, though very tart. Not a favorite of children. Everyone I gave some to loved them. Creative twist on the lemon bar.
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  • Yorkie_7
    10 MAR, 2009
    You can find CHEAP cranberries at Walgreen's. They are $1.00 a box under the brand name of Deerfield Farms. They are sweetened and the amount in box is 4.25 oz.
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  • inlineclass
    10 JAN, 2009
    I made this recipe the other day with dried cherries. Instead of making bars I pressed the crust into mini muffin tin and made little "tartlets". That was more work than it was worth but they were cute. I loved the lemon/cherrry flavor combo but the texture of the soaked/choppedcherries was a little weird. Would prefer something smoother in textue for that layer. Maybe cherry jelly or jam would work better.
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  • lilysnana55
    9 JAN, 2009
    I've bought Craisens at my regular grocery store-look in the dried fruie aisle. I use them in place of raisens all the time. will be trying this recipe soon!
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  • lilysnana55
    9 JAN, 2009
    I've bought Craisens at my regular grocery store-look in the dried fruie aisle. I use them in place of raisens all the time. will be trying this recipe soon!
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  • josephinebat10
    9 JAN, 2009
    Love the idea of inlineclass with using dried cherries as an alternative. I do love cranberries as I use them a lot, Now with lemon as well, wow, what a treat.
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  • pokor3
    8 JAN, 2009
    No you can not use canned cranberry sauce. Its basically gell, even the one with whole cranberries has to much gelatin.heat melts gelatin, thats why you need thick with cranberries it holds up to heat and gives you something to bite into without it running out. the dried can be found any store by the raisins
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  • NanMarietta
    8 JAN, 2009
    Has anyone figured out the amount of carbohydrates in these, using the sweetened dried cranberries??
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