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Caramel Cranberry Nut Bars

Sweet and salty crumb bars filled with caramel, fresh cranberries, and pecans.
These caramel cranberry nut bars are a great alternative to pumpkin pie!
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5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360 grams)
  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar (213 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold Challenge unsalted butter (170 grams), cubed
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 2 cups caramel sauce (about 600 grams), see Notes
  • 1  1/2 cups cranberries (150 grams), see Notes
  • 1 cup pecans (113 grams)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter. If desired, line with parchment paper for easy slicing later.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the cubed butter and use a pastry blender or your hands to work it into the dry ingredients, until the butter is the size of small peas. Work in the beaten egg.
  • Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Pour all of the caramel sauce over the crumb base, spreading it into an even layer. Top with the cranberries and pecans.
  • Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.
  • Bake until topping is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Let cool before slicing. For cleanest slices, chill completely in the fridge before slicing.
NOTES:
  • You can use store-bought caramel sauce or you can make your own homemade caramel sauce. If you use store-bought, the higher quality the better (I like this brand). You'll need about 1 and 1/2, 1-lb jars.
  • You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. If using cranberries, thaw before using and strain to remove any liquid.
  • Make ahead: these bars keep very well in the fridge. Bake them up to 5 days in advance!

Nutrition

Sodium: 176mg, Calcium: 40mg, Vitamin C: 1mg, Vitamin A: 252IU, Sugar: 11g, Fiber: 2g, Potassium: 106mg, Cholesterol: 27mg, Calories: 269kcal, Saturated Fat: 5g, Fat: 11g, Protein: 3g, Carbohydrates: 42g, Iron: 1mg
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