Cranberry Shortbread Bars are the perfect Holiday treat!! They are a little sweet, a little tart and surrounded in a buttery shortbread… it doesn’t get much better!
Cranberry Goodness in each Bite
I have always been a BIG, BIG fan of cranberries. I love them dried and use them in lots of recipes, such as this Pumpkin Cranberry Pistachio Bread, but I also love fresh ones.
There is just something about the tartness in each cranberry but then also the burst of sweet flavor you get at the same time. I use fresh cranberries each Thanksgiving for my Spiced Cranberry Sauce but I also love, love them in pastry. In these Shortbread Bars the fresh cranberries really shine. They cook down into a jelly like consistency making each bite a yummy treat.
Oh… the Shortbread!
There is just something so great about shortbread. I love how rich and buttery it is and how it crumbles just right. My mom’s favorite cookies are these Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies… and she also loves these bars.
My mom turned me onto the beauty of shortbread when I was a young girl. She would buy the store bought shortbread cookies and keep them in the pantry and she would sneak them for a treat around the Holidays each year. Once she shared them with me I fell in love immediately and they have been a Holiday staple for me ever since.
As much as I love a rich, sweet dessert I love shortbread for the simple buttery goodness. It is sweet, but not too sweet. There is a hint of salt giving each bite a perfect balance. Truly shortbread is a treat anytime, but for me especially around the Holidays.
These bars really have the perfect balance between the shortbread and the cranberry filling. There is just enough of both to make each bite remarkable.
Now if you are not a cranberry fan, and we can talk about that later if you would like, there are other options. You can use blueberries, blackberries or even an apple cinnamon mixture. Just make sure you season the berries as needed.
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