Cranberry Lemon Squares

Cranberry Lemon Squares

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One of my favorite things to bake with during the winter is Cranberries! They are  readily available, and oh-so-yummy! Today I am going to share one of my families favorite recipes, Cranberry Lemon Squares!  This recipe is just the right amount of sweet and tart, and relativley easy to make! I love to make this for my family, and they also keep well so they make great gifts!

Here is how to make my Cranberry Lemon Squares:

Cranberry Lemon Squares

Cranberry Lemon Squares

Ingredients

  • For Dough:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 sticks of butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For Filling:
  • 1 12 oz bag fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
  2. In a food processor (or a blender with a pulse option) add your flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Pulse to combine.
  3. Add you butter (make sure you have cut it into cubes) in your flour mix and pulse to combine.
  4. Move your mix to a stand mixer (or bowl and use a hand mixer) and add your egg and extract, mix well until combined. Add your water 1 tsp at a time, until your dough forms.
  5. Press 1/2 your dough into a parchment paper lined baking dish. Set aside your remaining dough.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine your sugar and cornstarch, add your cranberries and lemon juice. Mix well.
  7. Pour your filling on top of your dough in a single layer, covering the dough. Press your remaining dough on top and add a sprinkle of sugar.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30 minuets.
  9. Let cool completely, and cut into squares to serve!
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Comments

  1. Retha Walter says

    Oh my gosh wow that looks amazing I would absolutely love to have that for dinner!! I have a sweet tooth coming on. =)

  2. Holly says

    My husband and kids would love these. My kids are willing to try just about anything and my husband loves anything lemon. Definitely writing this recipe down!

  3. Jenn Oldaker says

    I don’t mind certain things with cranberries. White choco chip cookies with cranberries are good so I bet I would enjoy these too! Cranberry juice, on the other hand, I can’t do it LOL! Thanks for sharing this! I may have to try it sometime soon!

  4. Tina W says

    This sound delicious, but I just may have to try a second batch with fresh pomegranate arils in place of some/all of the cranberries.

  5. Laura J says

    Oh they look really good! I have never combined the lemon and cranberry! I have made bars with both separate, but not together! Cant wait to try the combo! YUM

  6. Ashley Trail says

    Thanks for this recipe , I think this will be a keeper !!! Also I love how the bars look with the rich red of the cherries and the pastel yellow. Thank you so much :)

  7. Christy says

    I’ve made lemon bars for years and never thought of adding something like cranberries to the recipe. What a great idea!

  8. Jennifer M. says

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing!!!! You combined my two loves…LEMON and Cranberries!!! =D I have saved this recipe, so I can try it out next week! =D

  9. Lisa Paquette says

    I wish my boys liked cranberries because that recipe sounds delicious! I wonder what I could substitute for the them? Maybe dried cherries?

  10. Tina says

    i love cranberries especially at the holidays. I love lemon too. these sound heavenly. I think I will try to make them but I need to use splenda. thanks

  11. David Smith says

    These look really good. I printed the recipe and I’m going to make them probably next week. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Brianna Knox says

    These sound so delicious! I love cranberry lemon squares, but I have never tried to make my own! I bet with this recipes, they would turn out great!

  13. Birdiebee says

    Great recipe. I have made lemon bars time and time again but never thought to add cranberries. I will have to try this one out. Thank you for the recipe.

  14. kimbuckjr says

    Holy Cow! I wish I could bake/cook without it turning out a disaster. I must try this recipe though, it sounds heavenly!
    kimbuckjr

  15. Cintia Scanlan says

    I have never thought to use a blender or food processor to combine ingredients. Very Clever! This looks delicious!

  16. Carla D. says

    I’m not a fan of cranberry and lemon together but this truly does sound good. Just may have to give it a try. Thank you for the info. =)

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