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Glazed Cranberry Almond Squares

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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 put them on a dessert table.

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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 Bars

Glazed cranberry almond squares warm from the oven.

I found this recipe on a package of frozen cranberries a couple of years ago and had never made them before.

The original recipe did not call for a glaze but, if you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know I can’t resist a glaze. The sweetness of the glaze cuts the tartness of the cranberries. These are sure to become a holiday staple in the years to come.

Glazed cranberry almond squares make a nice choice for a holiday dessert buffet.

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.

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.

More Cranberry Recipes on the blog:

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Chunky Cranberry Double Chip Cookies

Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Cranberry Sauce


Glazed cranberry almond squares make a nice choice for a holiday dessert buffet. #cranberryweek



Glazed cranberry almond squares make a nice choice for a holiday dessert buffet.

Glazed Cranberry Almond Squares

Yield: 12 - 15 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Glazed cranberry almond squares will disappear quickly. Perfect for a holiday dessert buffet.


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick spray with flour. Set aside.
  2. 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. 
  3. Cool bars completely before glazing.

To make glaze:

  1. 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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Thursday 2nd of April 2020

These sound so yummy! Thanks for the great idea!


Monday 2nd of December 2019

I love that the ingredient list is small but these are big on flavor!

Shari Lynne Dominick

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

These look absolutely amazing and so festive! Not to mention how easy they are...this is definitely my kind of recipe! YUM!

Eileen Kelly

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

What a delicious dessert for any time! Cranberries have always been a favorite for me and this is a great treat. The glaze is a fantastic addition!


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Sooooo delicious! The tart cranberries are perfect with the sweet glaze and almond flavor.

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