Tart and delicious, these glazed cranberry almond squares are a nice fall, after-dinner sweet treat. Serve them with coffee after your Thanksgiving meal or add them to a dessert table throughout the season.
It’s just been in the last number of years that I’ve come to enjoy cranberries and recipes with cranberries.
Ingredients for Glazed Cranberry Almond Squares
- Pure Almond Extract
- Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
- Confectioners’ Sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
Once the pan came out of the oven I decided they needed to look prettier. So a glaze was a natural choice.
The sweetness of the glaze cuts the tartness of the cranberries. These are sure to become a holiday staple in the years to come.
Tips and Substitutions
These glazed cranberry almond bars are full of whole tart cranberries and are bursting with flavor.
If you prefer a more almond flavor, increase the almond extract to 1, or even 2, teaspoons. I used vanilla in the glaze but you could use almond here too. Almond can be overpowering so don’t overdo it.
I used frozen cranberries. I did not thaw them first. You can use fresh cranberries if you have them. This is not a recipe you want to used dried cranberries in because the result will be very different.
This is a VERY thick batter. You may want to use your hands to pat the batter into the pan. Just make sure it’s even so it bakes evenly.
What Can I Serve with Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars?
While you can always just put on a pot of coffee and call it a day, it’s nice to up your dessert game with a flavored or specialty coffee.
- Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mocha – A nice way to incorporate another fall flavor.
- Original Irish Coffee – A classic that’s always a hit.
- Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped Cream – For the non-coffee drinkers.
Cranberry Fun Fact: Cranberries are native to North America and it is widely believed they were a part of the first Thanksgiving feast.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
- You can use fresh or frozen cranberries.
- Cut the squares smaller to serve a crowd.
- Perfect for a dessert buffet table.
More Cranberry Recipes on the blog:
- Cranberry Bliss Bars – A copycat recipe from a famous gourmet coffee chain.
- Chunky Cranberry Double Chip Cookies – Perfect for a holiday cookie tray.
- Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Cranberry Sauce – A fall-inspired chicken dish perfect for any night of the week.
- Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball – Great for a party or happy hour at home with friends.
- Traditional Cranberry Sauce – Another fresh cranberry recipe that’s a holiday staple on many tables.
- Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Orange Spritzer – Great for kids and designated drivers.
- 2 sticks butter, melted
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure almond extract
- 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick spray with flour. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer beat butter, flour and sugar until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, and almond flavoring in mixing bowl. Stir by hand and add 3 cups of cranberries. Fold batter until most cranberries are covered in batter. Spread prepared batter evenly in pan and bake for 1 hour.
- Cool bars completely before glazing.
To make glaze:
- Combine all glaze ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over cooled bars.
If using frozen cranberries, do not thaw first.
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