In the Kitchen: Cranberry Streusel Bar


Got leftover cranberry sauce? Saw this simple recipe on Gilt Taste for crunchy yet chewy Cranberry Streusel Bars.

No need to follow it to a tee, and I’ll point out where I put in substitutes, but I have to say it turned out pretty nice for my first streusel attempt!

The crust requires some mixing, and without an electric one, I ended up kneading it by hand. In my attempt to make it just a bit less fattening, I worked in 3/4 stick of butter instead of one and a half. It may crack a bit more as it bakes, but taste-wise it was perfectly fine.

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For the topping, instead of oats and walnuts, get this, I finally tapped the two huge boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats just sitting from our last Costco trip. Using the cereal, you not only get the extra crunch, but you can pare back on the listed brown sugar input as well.

From there, the rest is easy breezy: spread the cranberry and load up the topping, and give it a final bake.

Here’s here recipe or follow this link to Gilt!

Cranberry-Walnut Streusel Bars
Makes about 16 bars

For the Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup light brown sugar
½  teaspoon fine sea salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cubed
For the Filling:
2 cups leftover cranberry sauce (see Note)

Streusel Topping
½  cup rolled oats
½  cup light brown sugar
½  cup finely chopped walnuts
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½  teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and pulse until mixture just comes together in one ball. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until crust is pale golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over the shortbread.
  3. To make the streusel, in a small bowl, whisk together the oats, sugar, walnuts, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Blend in the butter with your fingertips, forming pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle the streusel over the cranberry sauce. Bake until topping is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
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