fbpx
The Speckled Palate
December 9, 2016

Orange Cranberry Bars

This post contains affiliate links. If you were to make a purchase through one, I would receive a small commission. For more information about the affiliate programs The Speckled Palate participates in, please refer to my disclosure page.

Last Updated on

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family!

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family! #sweetestseasoncookies

I don’t know what it is about oranges, but anything that involves them, I immediately consider breakfast.

Maybe it’s my years-long love affair with orange juice.

Maybe it’s something else.

But whenever I see an orange item on a dessert menu, my brain automatically shouts, “BREAKFAST!”

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family! #sweetestseasoncookies

Yes, I realize I’m a weirdo. You don’t need to point that out. I’m well aware. 😉

The thing is… I can attest to these Orange Cranberry Bars making a delicious breakfast and dessert. Because I’ve definitely eaten them as both. And because how could I not enjoy these bars multiple times a day?

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family! #sweetestseasoncookies

When I was considering what to make for my final Sweetest Season recipe of the year, I thought I’d whip up a lemon bar.

Well, I did that… and it needed some work.

While I was standing in front of my refrigerator – this is a very important part of the food blogging experience, y’all – and wondering what I could do differently, I spotted some orange juice.

Would Lemon Bars taste good if they were ORANGE BARS instead?

After debating with myself for a few moments, checking if I had oranges to squeeze and zest, and realizing I had some fresh cranberries that desperately needed using, too, I decided that yes, I could absolutely make Orange Bars.

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family! #sweetestseasoncookies

Turns out, this little twist on the classic is darn tasty.

Bonus points: These Orange Cranberry Bars are DAIRY FREE. (High-fives for my lactose-intolerant friends out there!)

Additional bonus points: They’re stupidly creamy and simple to make. And they look super pretty because that sprinkling of powdered sugar looks like snow, AND the cranberries add a beautiful pop of red (and much-needed tartness!)

Your holiday party needs them… stat!

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family! #sweetestseasoncookies

Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for Orange Cranberry Bars

Now who’s ready to make these scrumptious seasonal fruit bars?

Here’s how I did it:

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family! #sweetestseasoncookies

Orange Cranberry Bars
Yield: 18 bars

Orange Cranberry Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Dairy free Cranberry Orange Bars make a scrumptious seasonal dessert! A twist on the classic Lemon Bar, this sweet start with a crunchy homemade Graham cracker crust. Drizzle silky orange filling on top of the pre-baked crust, then sprinkle on fresh cranberries before baking. When these Cranberry Orange Bars come out of the oven, let cool, then dust with powdered sugar for the finishing touch. What a festive Christmas treat for the whole family!

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 ¼ cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Orange & Cranberry Filling

  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • Powdered sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

Make the Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9”x9” baking pan with parchment paper, spray with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large glass bowl, measure in the Graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar and melted coconut oil.
  3. Stir the ingredients together using a spoon or a fork.
  4. Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared baking pan, using a measuring spoon or another heavy object to press it evenly. (The more packed it is, the less of a chance it will break off and float upward into the filling.)
  5. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven, then set aside to cool slightly while you make the filling.

Make the Bars

  1. In another large glass bowl, crack the eggs and add the orange zest. Using a hand mixer, whip the eggs and orange zest together until light.
  2. Add the orange juice to the egg/zest mixture, and mix until incorporated.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar and flour into another bowl together, and sprinkle into the wet ingredients, stirring slowly with the hand mixer until just combined.
  4. Pour the orange filling on top of the slightly cooled Graham cracker crust.
  5. Sprinkle the cranberries on top of the filling, and transfer to the oven.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the bars are cooked through. (I like to put on an oven mitt and shake the pan to see if the filling is jiggly. If so, it needs more time. If not, it’s good to go!)
  7. When cooked through, remove from the oven, and let cool completely.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

Notes

Please note that the total bake time combines the times for the CRUST, as well as the BARS. Do not bake the bars for 60 minutes!

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars recipe.

Store in a sealed container inside the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18 bars

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 167 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 39mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Oranges: Are they a breakfast food for you, too?

What will you bake this season?

10 Comments

  1. Amy Stafford

    Now this is how we should all eat our cranberries. These bars are scrumptious looking!

    • Erin

      Totally agreed, Amy! They have such a nice pop in these bars, too. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Joanie @ ZagLeft

    My daughter has been begging me to make lemon bars for weeks, I think I will make these instead. They’re so pretty and festive and I love the orange twist!

  3. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Those are so pretty and sound scrumptious!

  4. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    I think the cranberry/orange combo is so perfect for the holidays! 🙂 Love these bars!

  5. Jen @ The Weary Chef

    This is gorgeous! Such a perfect dessert for the holidays!

  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I have a long love affair with Oj too haha. Oranges = breakfast and snacks for me! Love these bars!!

  7. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

    Ohh, I always get so excited for cranberry season! These look amazing!

  8. linda

    Hi these look so good!I would like to know how much OJ to use?All I can see in recipe is orange peel,thanks.

    • Erin

      Hi Linda! Thanks so much for commenting and asking this! I cannot believe that I forgot to add the orange juice to the recipe. *facepalm*

      It should be 1/2 cup of orange juice. Adding it into the recipe now since it never made it the first time. 😀

      Enjoy!

Leave a Comment


*Required field