Cranberry Macadamia Bars Recipe -
  • READY IN 55 mins

Cranberry Macadamia Bars

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"An orange glaze complements this bar filled with dried cranberries, coconut and macadamia nuts."

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Original recipe makes 25 bars Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all crust ingredients in small mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients in medium bowl; mix well. Carefully spread filling over hot, partially baked crust. Bake for 22 to 27 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, orange peel and enough orange juice for desired glazing consistency in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over warm bars. Cool completely.
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  • * Substitute LAND O LAKES® Soft Baking Butter with Canola Oil right from the refrigerator.

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Nov 16, 2005

I've made this wonderful recipe several times and made it several different ways. I usually add 1/2 cup chopped nuts to the crust and omit them in the filling. And chopped pecans and walnuts taste just as good if you don't have any macadamia nuts. I've used fresh chopped cranberries instead of dried and they come out really fresh and tart tasting. I've also ommitted the glaze on top, I think it makes the bars a little bit too sweet. Instead, I add 2 tsp. grated orange peel right into the filling, and don't put any glaze on. If you do put the glaze on, don't stack the cookies, they stick to each other. I cut them into small triangles and freeze them, they freeze so well. I usually double the recipe and it makes the perfect amount for a 9 x 13 pan.

Feb 05, 2006

These were pretty good, definitely unusual. My crust was really crumbly and didn't stay on the bar very well, so they didn't look as pretty as I had hoped, but overall they are colorful and interesting looking. Everyone went for them at a neighborhood party. I'd prefer more butter flavor in the crust, more of a shortbread texture and flavor, which this is not quite. The filling is chewy and delicious. My family and neighbors all thought they were delicious, but they didn't earn a 5 for me, mostly because of the crust. Worth working on a giving another try. Fairly expensive to make!


9 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

Very rich in taste. Quite flavorful and buttery. Not an inexpensive dessert to make.

Jan 25, 2004

Very buttery and soo...good!

Feb 24, 2006

Very easy. Great recipe, if a little too sweet. I think I'd try the other user's tip to forgoe the glaze and put the orange zest directly in the filling. Pre-cooking the crust was much easier than I thought it would be. I prepared the filling while it was cooking, so it didn't take as long as I thought it would.

Dec 24, 2005

These are absolutely AWESOME! We bought a ton of mac nuts in Hawaii earlier this month and I was looking for a great recipe to use them in! I have to say that I definitely will make these over and over with my stash! I doubled the recipe and used a 9X13 pan. Used my little Pampered Chef mini pizza crust roller thinger to get a perfectly even crust! THE BEST!

Oct 09, 2005

I can't believe more people haven't tried this awesome recipe. Really different from the typical bar cookie. Very buttery tasting and not too sweet. These would be a great addition to a holiday cookie tray. Would be great with any type of nuts--I think I'll try toasted pecans next time--YUM!

Dec 29, 2004

Fabulous sweet tart, buttery flavor with an addictive texture! These were a big hit with everyone! I made them with walnuts instead of macadamia nuts because that's what I had on hand, and they were delicious. Next time I'll try the macadamia nuts for a likely even better flavor! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 107 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 66 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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