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Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Crumble Bars

We set up the dang tree. 

Totally against my morals before Thanksgiving, but it had to be done. 

We floated into Target, the land of Mandy-give-us-all-your-money-for-the-cutest-things-you've-ever-seen, and walked out with some new Christmas ornaments. We've been married 6 years, and have never been able to afford buying ornaments that follow any kind of theme. I've always been grateful for our tree, and the ornaments from our dear family members (mostly our Moms... okay, ALL from our Moms), but I've always wanted to have my tree match itself. 

I chose glitter gold, buffed gold, shiny gold, and white with deep red and brown accents. I pulled out a couple cranberry garlands, our ornaments that matched that color scheme (and the jewel-looking ones), and got ready to slap them all on the tree. Then I wanted to throw up... 

... because I NEVER NEVER NEVER decorate the tree before Thanksgiving. 

Then I saw it. 

My son's eyes all aglow. He had pulled out our Christmas tree from it's crusted old box, and plugged it into the wall. The lights all lit up beautifully... he was squealing for joy! 

That's when I noticed that only half the lights were working.

Our tree is one of those trees with the lights practically cemented into the branches. I knew we couldn't buy a new tree, but I didn't want our tree to be only halfway to the magic, you know? 

I grabbed the pliers and went nuts on the thing; ripping off as many lights as possible. 

2 hours later...

I strung up the white lights I purchased earlier for our balcony, and there was no turning back. Our tree was decorated, and Thanksgiving less than 2 days away. This better not become a habit. 

- - 

These bars are insane. Eat them with a fork, no plate needed. 
That is all. 


Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Crumble Bars
makes a 9x13


1 C granulated sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 C almond meal (sliced almonds, pulverized to a powder in a mini food processor)
1 C cold butter (2 sticks), cut into cubes
1 egg

1/4 t cinnamon
juice of 1/2 an orange
4 C fresh cranberries
1/2 C white chocolate chips
2/3 C white sugar
1 t vanilla
1 T cornstarch

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13 glass dish with non-stick foil and spray with non-stick spray.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together 1 C sugar, flour, almond meal, salt, and baking powder. Start speed on slow, add in the butter cubes and egg, then work up speed until dough is very crumbly. Press half the dough into the prepared pan.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and orange juice. Mix in the cranberries and white chocolate chips. Pour the mixture over the prepared dough. Spread out evenly.
4. Add 1/4 t cinnamon to the remaining dough and crumble over the berries. Bake for 55 minutes tops, or until the top is finished and turning slightly golden. Cool completely, chill for an hour, then cut into squares or bars. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Dollop with homemade whipped cream, if you wish.

recipe adapted from: my baking addiction


  1. Sometimes decorating happens! You are only a day early, it's close enough! These bars DO look incredible! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. These bars look quite yummy! On the decorating the tree thing before Christmas, just make it a tradition to set it up FOUR weeks before Christmas Eve. Don't worry about it being before or after Turkey Day. This way, the annoyance goes away and you have a new tradition.

  3. You saved me! I randomly bought a bag of cranberries at the store hoping to think of a way to use them!! I think these will do the trick! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

  4. just a quick question, I thought about making these for a food gift for the Christmas holiday however storing them in the refrigerator requirement has me a little nervous about giving them as gifts. I planned on wrapping them up in a pretty treat bag tied with ribbon. Is refrigeration necessary?

    1. Jess - they taste much better cold (kind of like pumpkin pie). They should still hold their shape if they're not in the fridge for an hour or so. I don't think there's a hazard without the fridge, but definitely keep them cold right up until you give them as gifts. What a fun idea, Jess!

  5. Hi Mandy! I just browsed and read through as many recipes as I could, and I must admit your photos and recipes are incredible! I love the style of it all ;) Oh, and I thought I'd let you know that many of your recent recipes aren't listed in the recipe index! such as this one, or the cookie dough cheesecake, or the cookies and cream bars, the white chocolate chip peppermint cookies, the christmas tree cupcakes, the dark chocolate cherry cordial cupcakes and so many more! I just thought it'd be a pity that such wonderful recipes weren't listed! Anyway congratulations on your beautiful blog!

    1. Jessica, you are so darling! I'm so happy you found my blog - and stayed for a visit. Thank you so much for noticing the missing recipes! I have been a total slacker lately with transferring them into the index (usually have to do it manually for each one), but I completely agree with you. I'll work on that today, and get everything 100% updated! Love ya, Jessica! xoxo

    2. No problem! I guess it must be a lot of work, so take your time ;) Thanks a lot for replying! Best wishes for the future of your blog!


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