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Cranberry Shortbread Bars

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  • Author: Jodi
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x


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  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or coarsely chopped white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×9 baking dish or pan with a parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla and salt and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined, then add the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts (if using) mix on low until combined (or you can fold the chocolate chips in by hand)  just until combined.
  4. Lightly press ⅔ of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan using your fingers.  Pour the cranberries over top, then crumble the remaining dough over the cranberries.  (This won’t cover the cranberries completely and that’s ok.)
  5. Bake for 40 to 45  minutes, or just until the edges are starting to turn golden.
  6. Cool completely before slicing into small bars.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins